Slaughter of cow calves is common in some parts of Pakistan but the society is shockingly insensitive to such cruelty. It seems insane to raise the issue of animal cruelty in a country where violent human deaths are taken casually; however, a recent report from Peshawar has compelled me to write about the growing greed, dishonesty and cruelty in the Pakistani society.
A local daily has reported that hundreds of baby cows and buffalos are killed in Peshawar’s illegal slaughter houses, some calves are only one or two days old. The meat is supplied to posh restaurants in the city where it is sold as lamb. The business is booming due to high demand.
Recently, Peshawar Police raided a slaughter house where they found dozens of cow calves being killed. Reportedly the legs of one calf were cut while it was still alive; the purpose was to sell the calf as a tender piece of lamb meat.
Politicians, businessmen, civil servants, journalists and intellectuals eat at restaurants that sell such meat. While eating tons of young flesh, members of the intelligentsia discuss world problems and talk about rights and responsibilities.
Milkmen around the city of Peshawar sell newly born calves because according to their calculations, every day a baby cow drinks milk worth 100 to 200 Pakistani rupees. Greedy milkmen deprive calves of their mothers’ love and sell them to butchers for rupees 1,500 to 2,000 each. Then cows and buffalos are injected with special chemicals due to which the animals start giving milk.
Interestingly, butchers, milkmen, restaurant owners and meat eaters are all faithful Muslims. Most of them offer five-time prayers, fast during the month of Ramadan and perform the pilgrimage of hajj. …
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