Total Qurbani Estimates in Pakistan 2024

Pakistan received record-high remittances of $3.2 billion in May 2024, partly driven by Eid-related inflows as overseas Pakistanis sent money back home for Qurbani (animal sacrifice) and other Eid expenses. Qurbani, the ritual sacrifice of animals during Eid al-Adha, is an important Islamic practice where the meat is distributed to the needy. In Pakistan, various organizations facilitate Qurbani donations, allowing people to purchase shares or whole animals for sacrifice. With the surge in remittances and the cultural significance of Qurbani, it is expected that millions of animals will be sacrificed across Pakistan during the 2024 Eid al-Adha celebrations.

The rates for slaughtering animals in major cities of Pakistan are:

    • Goat: PKR 8 – 15,000 on the first day of Eid
    • Cow/Bull: PKR 10 – 25,000 on the first day
    • Camel: Around PKR 25- 40,000

The rates are typically lower on the second and third days of Eid compared to the first day due to lower demand.

How Many Animals are used in Pakistan 2024 on Eid-ul Adha

Reports that approximately 6.8 million animals are expected to be sacrificed during Eid al-Adha in Pakistan in 2024. The most relevant estimate comes from which states around 7.5 to 8 million animals, primarily cows, goats, buffaloes and camels, are expected for Qurbani sacrifices in Pakistan during the 2024 Eid al-Adha festival. This includes:

    • 3 million cows
    • 3.5 million goats
    • 175,000 buffaloes
    • 99,000 camels

 Provides background on the livestock population in Pakistan as of 2020, which was:

    • 41.2 million buffaloes
    • 49.6 million cattle
    • 78.2 million goats
    • 30.9 million sheep

While this gives an idea of the livestock numbers, it does not directly estimate the Qurbani numbers for 2024.

The Most Common Animals used for Qurbani in Pakistan

While various animals like goats, sheep, cows, bulls, camels, and buffalo are sacrificed, the most prevalent choices in Pakistan for Qurbani during Eid al-Adha are goats, sheep, and cows due to their relatively lower costs and easier availability. Given the cultural significance of Qurbani, the surge in remittances for Eid expenses, and the pricing information provided, it can be reasonably expected that millions of animals (goats, sheep, cows, camels) will be sacrificed across Pakistan during the 2024 Eid al-Adha celebrations. The most common animals used for Qurbani (ritual sacrifice) in Pakistan during Eid al-Adha are:

    • Goats and Sheep 
    • Cows and Bulls 
    • Camels 

Some key points regarding the animals sacrificed for Qurbani in Pakistan:

    • Goats, sheep, cows, bulls, camels, and buffalo are considered suitable animals for Qurbani as per Islamic guidelines.
    • Goats and sheep are the most frequently sacrificed animals as they are more affordable for most people compared to larger animals like cows and camels.
    • Cows and bulls are also commonly sacrificed, with shares often divided among multiple people due to their larger size and cost.
    • Camels are sacrificed as well, though less commonly than goats, sheep, and cows due to their higher cost.
    • The animals must meet certain age and health requirements as per Islamic rules – e.g., sheep/goats at least 1 year old, cows at least 2 years old, camels at least 5 years old.
    • The animals should be free from any defects, illnesses, or deformities to be considered valid for sacrifice.

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