LAHORE - One day ahead of Eid, the butchers are all set to make roaring business in the City. Butchers, considered to be the rare commodity especially on first day of Eid, have received innumerable orders despite exorbitant charges. In posh areas, services of professional butchers have been hired on advance payments. Service package include slaughtering of animal, peeling of skin without any cut and chopping the meat into peices. The butchers have set different charges for goat, cow and camel. They are charging Rs 1,000-1,500 to slaughter a goat or sheep, Rs 3,000-5,000 for a bull or calf and Rs 7,000-9,000 for a camel depending upon the locality. Butchers working in groups earn Rs 15,000-20,000 for large animals like cows and bulls on the first day but their income decreases in the following days. The butchers are providing two facilities to customers. First is to slaughter the animals at the doorstep of the client on higher rates. While second facility is that rates will be reduced to those customers who will bring the sacrificial animals at their shops A professional butcher at Baghbanpura Khaly Khan said that Eidul Azha provides an opportunity to the butchers to earn handsome amount by slaughtering as many animals as they can. "The trend of staying at shops has proved beneficial for most of the butchers as it saves time," he added. After smelling the lucrative charges of slaughtering sacrificial animals, a large number of seasonal butchers have sprung into action. They have even set up booking stalls at various locations. With a view to trap the innocent people, they are offering 50 per cent less rates than being charged by professional butchers. "More than 90 per cent non-professionals will be operating on the Eid," Ghulam Khan, a butcher associated with this profession for the last 17 years told The Nation. He said many labourers, who do not find job due to the Eid activities these days, also adopt this profession for the time being to earn livelihood. He further said he himself had hired a group of eight persons from his native area for slaughtering maximum number of animals. Zahid Ahmed, another butcher, said that I am not seeing lucrative business this year as lot of companies had entered in the butchering business. He said that these companies had various options in this package. "One can only buy a sacrificial animal or can also benefit from their slaughter and packing service. They will slaughter the animal, cut it according to your liking and get it packed," he added. If this new service has attracted the Lahorites it has also raised some eyebrows. There are people who think that this 'commercialisation' will mar the true spirit of Qurbani. Zafar Ahmad, a retired government officer is one of them. According to him, "Now some people get the meat cut and packed and store it directly in the freezers with no distribution. In the next few years it will become a regular fashion and thus, true spirit and tradition of Qurbani will fade."