Slaughtering animals anywhere people please poses several threats to public health
Eid-ul-Azha is just around the corner, but the ongoing pandemic urges us to be far more careful with our celebrations than we have been in the past.
For one, we should still be social distancing to the best of our abilities, even on Eid day. What is particularly more important for Eid-ul-Azha, however, is ensuring that the waste management following the sacrificial slaughter is done as efficiently as possible.
Although the Dhaka North and Dhaka South City Corporations have designated slaughtering areas to make sure that people do not slaughter their animals anywhere on the streets, the number has decreased drastically to almost half of last year’s. This is both disappointing and greatly alarming.
The reasoning behind such a low number remains unconvincing. That people are not interested in using designated areas indicates that the authorities must increase awareness of their importance, as well as restore people’s confidence about any qualms they may have about these spots.
Slaughtering animals anywhere people please poses several threats to public health in the best of years, and the situation is far more precarious this year with Covid-19 still running rampant. Irresponsible slaughtering and inefficient waste management will not only create more channels for the virus to spread, it will also lead to greater environmental pollution.
As we have previously editorialized, it is crucial that concerned authorities ensure all the health directives are being closely followed, and all is being done to keep Dhaka clean this Eid.
It is also important for us to be personally aware of the consequences of spending our Eid recklessly and without concern for the people around us. This pandemic is a threat that we must tackle together. As such, it is imperative that we cooperate as best we can with the authorities’ directives regarding health and this year’s sacrificial slaughtering.