‘Ramzan’ Ritual camel slaughter halted by activists in Hyderabad
During the festival Ramzan, hundreds of camels from across the country make a death march to Hyderabad, covering close to 1,600 km on foot only to be slaughtered in broad daylight. Camel meat is an irreplaceable dish for many Muslim households during the holy month and camels are sold at exorbitant prices this time of the year. Not so common in south India, these animals are brought in predominantly from Rajasthan and are sold at Narisingi market located near Golconda fort on the outskirts of the City.
This year, there was a welcome change when around 140 camels brought in to the City were rescued by the Bharatiya Prani Mitra Sangh (BPMS) with the support of police and sent back to their home towns in the presence of animal activists.
“Slaughtering of camels must be stopped on three grounds. Firstly, most of these animals are not licensed and they do not have any papers. Secondly, no animal can be slaughtered anywhere but in GHMC-approved slaughter houses. These camels were slaughtered in open grounds at Narsingi. And thirdly, camels are notified animals so it is illegal to slaughter them. Slaughtering of camels is against the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. However, we have not been able to seize any of these animals yet and we are working towards it. As of now, these camels have been moved from district to district,” Vasanthi Vadi, secretary of local animal welfare charity People for Animals.
Hopefully, with this ban, the illegal practice of selling camels for slaughter won’t continue in the City.