LAHORE - In the wake of higher prices of sacrificial animals, a large number of people have targeted neighbouring cities to buy goats, cows and camels on affordable prices. Though the trend to purchase animals from other cities is not a new phenomenon, it could not gain popularity among the public due to travelling and transportation hardships. However, this year unaffordable prices of animals and spiralling inflation have compelled the people to move towards City outskirts and other cities. Adjoining villages are the major spots in this regard. Friends and relatives living outside the City have been extending their services to help their dear ones to buy healthy and affordable animals. The salaried class is also prone to join the trend as it believes that villagers have sharp eye to find healthy animals instead of them. The difference of Rs 4,000 to Rs 8,000 in buying of a goat, cow and camel each from outstation is the real allurement. After paying transportation charges, which is not more than Rs 800 to Rs 1,500 depending upon the distance, buyers enjoy the saving benefit. However, if more than two people hire the vehicle in this regard, charges are shared giving more advantage to the customers. The survey revealed in the neighbouring cities and adjoining villages, a goat is available at Rs 6,000 to Rs 9,000. The price of well-built cow stands at Rs 25,000, 35,000 and 60,000 as per its weight. The camel is being sold out at Rs 35,000 to Rs 45,000 depending upon its size and weight. However, the prices of sacrificial animals in different localities of the City including the Expo Centre (Johar Town), Shahpur Kanjaran, Ghaziaabad Bus Stop, Herbanspura, Saggian Bridge, Peco Road, China Scheme (Shalimar Town), Hamdard Chowk (Township), Daroghawala, Manawan, Baboo Sabu and Bakkar Mandi are very high. Sellers are demanding Rs 10,000 and Rs 12, 000 for a 14 to 17 kg goat. While a well-built goat of 20 to 25kg is available at Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000. A goat of 30 kg or more is being sold out at Rs 20,000 to Rs 250,000. A reasonable cow price stands at Rs 35,000 to Rs 50,000 while Rs 60,000 to Rs 90,000 is being demanded for a 40 to 60 kg cow depending upon its size and other qualities. Another reason behind the high prices, the survey manifested, is a decline in the number of sale points of sacrificial animals in the City. Herdsmen while talking to The Nation blamed the authority concerned for slow sale and purchase of sacrificial animals that had imposed restrictions on the free movement of animals in the residential areas and City roads. Online buying of sacrificial animals has also affected the sale of animals at the designated spots. The survey disclosed that hundreds of people in the last couple of days had contacted online Bakra Mandi especially in the City. These online companies are being managed by different chains of big stores that are operating through their offices and the relevant staff that seem highly busy these days in receiving orders and supplying animals to the customers at their doorsteps. The survey further revealed that various factors had contributed to the high prices of sacrificial animals including lack of animal farming and animal husbandry, smuggling of animals to the neighbouring countries and export of livestock. Inflation rate, increase in cost of inputs and transportation charges are also some of the reasons of animals' high prices.