Selling dog meat: Butchers ‘branching out’ of their market

Published: December 15, 2010
Dog and donkey meat being sold to hotels and vendors in Okara

Dog and donkey meat being sold to hotels and vendors in Okara

OKARA: Police officials arrested a butcher, Shakeel, on Tuesday for selling dog meat in the district.

After residents in the district began complaining of stray dogs that had bitten several people, police officials said that they began to conduct raids in the area looking to impound the dogs. “I led a team at night to search for stray dogs to take off the streets when we caught two men capturing dogs in sacks,” Constable Ishfaq said. The constable said that police followed the brothers, Muhammad and Shakeel, and discovered that they had set up a secret slaughtering operation in their house. “We discovered that they had been picking up dogs off the street and were butchering them at home. Then they sold the meat to local burger shops in the morning,” Ishfaq said.

Police officials arrested the brothers and interrogated them. A raiding team visited three kebab shops in the district and had the meat tested by local veterinarian, Dr Ahmed Hoti, who confirmed that it was dog meat.

“This is incredibly dangerous, not to mention immoral. The dog meat can cause several stomach-related diseases not to mention the danger of rabies,” he said.

Okara district police officer (DPO), Shaheen Zar, said that another set of raiding teams had arrested a man for selling donkey meat in the district. After testing the meat, veterinarian, Rashid Kaleem, confirmed that the meat belonged to a donkey and that it was being served as lamb by several hotels. Police officials said that they had also arrested the owners of the hotels responsible for purchasing the meat.

Syed Ehteshamul Haq Gillani, the secretary general of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam district Okara, said that such incidents were on the rise after the floods as diseased animal meat was often unfit for use and butchers had begun to use different animals. Gillani said that unhygienic meat was not only being sold in the local market but was also being supplied to hotels in Islamabad and Peshawar.

“Sheikh Basti Okara has become the leading market for the sale of dead animal meat or that of animals that are not fit for consumption,” a doctor at the THQ hospital, Tanveer Athar said.

“Hundreds of kilos of contaminated meat are being supplied to various cities in the province on a daily basis and it all goes from here,” Athar said.

The district coordination officer has taken notice of these incidents and said that all the accused would be arrested. The DPO has ordered raiding teams to patrol the district on a daily basis in this regard.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 15th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (57)

  • Muslim Boy
    Dec 15, 2010 - 10:20AM

    In the “Islamic Republic of Pakistan” only this happens.
    And then we talk about the quran and sunnah. haRecommend

  • muhammad umar
    Dec 15, 2010 - 10:44AM

    it doesn’t matter if the butcher’s selling dog meat now or if the cricket team’s captain is selling out his motherland for money: as long as they perform the prayer ritual 5 times a day,keep their wives in full length burqas(lest any other man cast an eye on their personal property) our society will label them as “acha,shareef banda,paanch wakt ka namazi,hafiz-e-quran tha” .
    we scream,cry,take out rallies, unruly protests & dharnas if some foreign paper publishes something but don’t care to look at our own hypocrisy.Recommend

  • maera
    Dec 15, 2010 - 11:31AM

    utterly shocked!!Recommend

  • Haris Chaudhry
    Dec 15, 2010 - 11:37AM

    Its a dog eat dog world… literally !!

    Even dogs arent spared the wrath of corrupt muslims… so much for the ‘citadel of islam’.

    Rotten to the core.

  • Sadaf
    Dec 15, 2010 - 11:43AM

    Oh…………………….. what the hell he is doingRecommend

  • Fasih Khan
    Dec 15, 2010 - 11:51AM

    Bloody PathaticRecommend

  • testr9
    Dec 15, 2010 - 11:53AM

    Buying and eating alpo dog food in the good ole USofA would be 100x cleaner than this…Recommend

  • Omar
    Dec 15, 2010 - 12:08PM

    This is something that occurs in every city and every town. why do people act suprised as if this something new?

    we all know, that when it comes to cutting corners and making a profit, we as a people are second to none. Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 15, 2010 - 12:26PM

    NaPakistan is rotten to the core and literally eating dogs. The people are so dehumanized that they are worse than dogs who don’t even rise up to change the corrupt and sick government,Recommend

  • Emmad
    Dec 15, 2010 - 1:12PM

    I don’t know how low our society can go to?Recommend

  • Malik
    Dec 15, 2010 - 1:21PM

    The uncontrolled rise of population is the root cause of the this problem. Pakistan government should make family planning mandatory independent of religion or creed.Recommend

  • Disco Molvi
    Dec 15, 2010 - 1:43PM

    Cheat, Pray & Be PiousRecommend

  • Talha
    Dec 15, 2010 - 3:37PM

    Putting the Dog in a Hot Dog.

    LOL, Hahahaha.Recommend

  • JAS
    Dec 15, 2010 - 4:11PM

    Well, does anything surprise anymore? Who would have any empathy for such a nation?! On the bright side, he’s keeping stray dogs off the streets!Recommend

  • Amna
    Dec 15, 2010 - 4:53PM

    Absolutely disgusting. Thank God they were arrested.Recommend

  • Hafiz Naveed ul Hassan
    Dec 15, 2010 - 4:53PM

    Oh…………………….. what the hell he is doingRecommend

  • Hafiz Naveed ul Hassan
    Dec 15, 2010 - 4:53PM

    Very Shame on YouRecommend

  • ata
    Dec 15, 2010 - 4:55PM

    very bad. it shouldn’t happen.really surprisingRecommend

  • Bloodypakistani
    Dec 15, 2010 - 4:57PM

    Ohh come on , look at chinese !! they eat everything :) still now leading the top most nationn of the world :-) Recommend

  • Adil Khan
    Dec 15, 2010 - 5:06PM

    they are very zalim in our todays futureRecommend

  • Amer
    Dec 15, 2010 - 5:52PM

    For those of you start beating the drum that this is fault of people being pious etc… don’t you understand that our society has lost their morality…. everyone from the grass roots level (the hawkers, buchers, tailors etc etc) to the generals and the cabinet members, everyone is corrupt to the bone. You all love to blame someone else and blaming religion is a easy way out, isn’t it! The dogs in our society have been doing all kinda crap for ages now… then we ask why floods & earth quakes come! Recommend

  • Klues
    Dec 15, 2010 - 6:17PM

    Dog bones is used in gelatin, in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Klues
    Dec 15, 2010 - 6:19PM

    For people who are blaming Quran and sunnah following people the article doesnt mention it anywhere the culprit association towards Islam. Why are you plugging in this biased commentary?Recommend

  • abid
    Dec 15, 2010 - 6:57PM

    bla bla bla,
    just commenting or showing disgrace upon this thing are the reason of all the things that are going on in this country ,we feel patriotic just by commenting and criticizing.because it takes just a minute of us to comment but no one wants to go out and raise against it.this is the country where less then 5 % of the total population are literate and all of them are doing nothing but criticizing!Recommend

  • Suresh
    Dec 15, 2010 - 7:11PM

    Hats off to the officials who caught the culprits. It is very rare to see such honesty in the disgusting world they operate…they could have shown complacency in the matter or even made good of given opportunity to enrich themselves!.

    Pity those who ate those hot-dogs and those dogs who themselves became man’s best food.Recommend

  • Dec 15, 2010 - 7:23PM

    this man should punished on main road of okara… poor people who are effected by it…. too sad….. to hear this…. if this happend once no one will do it again…. ever…….Recommend

  • Rizwan Ghani
    Dec 15, 2010 - 7:42PM

    Disgusting !!!Recommend

  • a.a.younes
    Dec 15, 2010 - 7:48PM

    one of the most corrupt nations on earth, we say we are proud to be pakistani :p name one entity that makes us proud …………………Recommend

  • Nomi
    Dec 15, 2010 - 7:57PM

    AS we sow so shall we reap :-)Recommend

  • shoaib
    Dec 15, 2010 - 8:03PM

    we have to remove the cause by which a person get the stage to do that kind of mistakes… means we have to built a system like MAKKAH & MADINA in which none of person is eligible for zakaat……….. i know we can achieve that because we also have a same book as it was in that time YES you all are right i am talking about Quran e Pak…. if we understand this book we can change this cause manually….. we just need some serious persons who can think…….. please pay attention for a minute on your self to realize that where we are and where we were and where we have to its a silent message for all of us. THANKS for having a little time with me ……. :)Recommend

  • shoaib
    Dec 15, 2010 - 8:05PM

    a.a younas ….. i just want to tell you here in pakistan there is a more then 20 crore people and why you blaming all of us……………….. we all are not corrupt my dear brother….. :)Recommend

  • Honey
    Dec 15, 2010 - 9:18PM

    that is so shameful for us, does our religion teach us this thing, where is the concept of halal and haram???Recommend

  • hassan
    Dec 15, 2010 - 9:41PM

    woohoooo … yumm yummm… so we ppl eat dogs meat at restaurants… lolz… greatttt..Recommend

  • Yousaf
    Dec 15, 2010 - 10:42PM

    oh God!! my passport says Birthplace: Okara… now I must be afraid visiting my relatives there and stop eating in the local hotels.

    Yes, morally we are so poor…and there is no hope of it. Being a Muslim, our society must be an ideal for the world, but see where we are leading.

    It is always good to buy a goat by sharing with few relatives or neighbors, slaughter it by yourself and consume the meat and avoid dining out. Recommend

  • Moazzam Sheikh
    Dec 16, 2010 - 12:01AM

    itz all coze of our Govt…bcoz if Govt Banned d export of meat…dn d meat will b Extra in our Country……
    i’ll like to say jst 1 thing
    ” Oh Allah Pleaseee Help Us..”

  • Humanity
    Dec 16, 2010 - 12:09AM

    @shoib wrote “MAKKAH & MADINA in which none of person is eligible for zakaat..if we understand this book we can change this cause manually…”

    Here! Here!

    When you do understand the Holy Book, you will come full circle to realize Shoib shahib that Quran, Sunnah, and Hadith corroborate that the 7th century state of Medina reflected a system in which there was no coercion on belief, a lot of room for living one’s personal life as one chose, and absolute protection guaranteed by the state to all its citizens. In other words, it was similar to a secular system where the state DID NOT meddle with a person’s freedom of religion and any one who proclaimed to be a Muslim was considered a Muslim.,

    Unfortunately, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has worked hard but only to achieve the exact opposite of a Medina like state by asserting control through making Islam a religion of sword. It is an undeniable fact that the more the maddarssas and militant mullahs grow, the faster is the rate at which the nation of pure is turning into a pre-Islamic society by each passing day. This post about selling dog meat is only a very small example of the decay. The denial is justified by the state certified Muslims who claim to be rightly guided and yet wait for true Islam to magically descend and transform the moth eaten society into one the like of which can never be duplicated. You see, one needs a Holy Prophet (saw) like figure to duplicate the state of 7th century Medina and that simply is impossible! Right?

    There is something very wrong with the unrealistic expectations that the state certified Muslims have of utopia . Obviously, the problem is not the Holy Scripture, nor the exemplary Sunnah and Hadith. So the problem must be the inflexible, closed minds that fervently read and recite the scriptures and yet fail to get its message. The superior Muslims can try all they want. The understanding of the message is but a gift of God that he bestows on whom so ever He chooses.

    It is blasphemous to consider Islam, the final message of God, as a political tool. Just like water and oil don’t mix, deen and duniya also don’t mix well. The understanding of the final message of God can’t be had by turning the state into a theocracy. Allah(swt) grants the understanding of His message to his humble believers, who truly believe that only He is the Master of Day of Judgment, and who treaty His creation with humility, tolerance, and love. These believers rely on Ar-Raheem’s continuous mercy of guidance to show them the path of those with whom He is pleased and not those who incur His wrath.

    So until the mindset is willing to let go the arrogance that the superior Muslims do not need any further guidance and are capable of declaring kalima reciters as non-Muslim, the nation of the pure can build mosques on every inch but they will be devoid of righteousness, as was foretold by the Holy Prophet (saw).


  • Waqar
    Dec 16, 2010 - 1:52AM

    @ Muslim Boy
    In the “Islamic Republic of Pakistan” only this happens.

    The consumption of dog meat whether intentional or unintentional happens in non-Islamic countries too. In some instances certain parts of a dog’s anatomy are treated as delicacies and consumed by the people vociferously.

    One of my friends visited many parts of China two years ago and showed me photos of a market where dog’s sexual organs where being barbecued on a skewer. The person at the end of the queue turned towards the camera and gestured with his thumb up. Kind of summed up the moment.
    Notwithstanding, this is a cruel sick and inhumane act to commit, both to the dogs and the unwitting consumers.
    Just goes to show the depth of depravity some butchers would resort to earn a livelihood.
    Peace. Recommend

  • Hina
    Dec 16, 2010 - 2:01AM

    Nothing New And Definitely Not Shocking In Any Way Either! Afterall It’s Pakistan, Our VERY Islamic State that has Nothing Islamic In it.
    Ab to Bus Sharam say dhoob murnay ka muqaam hai, lekin ye qaum kabi nahi sudhray gi! :)Recommend

  • Junaid Ali Khan
    Dec 16, 2010 - 4:20AM

    100 per cent agreed with humanityRecommend

  • Anonymous
    Dec 16, 2010 - 8:59AM

    oh……… they dont scare from grave:(Recommend

  • muhammad nasir
    Dec 16, 2010 - 11:55AM

    there nothing bitter then it. i could not expect from Muslims such a worse act. they are animals the dresses of human beings. I can’t say any thing more then this.( Doop k mer jao! )Recommend

  • feroz
    Dec 16, 2010 - 2:16PM

    these people should be caught and thrown to mad dogs or hanged publicalyRecommend

  • Dec 16, 2010 - 7:24PM

    We are facing worst inflation of all times in Pakistan,people are selling their kids and daughters for bread so Dog meat is no surprise.Sooner the developed nations will face the same and they will cry out and demand a new system and we so called muslims know very well where this system is written.Recommend

  • shoaib
    Dec 16, 2010 - 9:17PM

    @Humanity can you please contact me at [email protected]

    i didn’t get your point yet. After reading a long article :(Recommend

  • Mustafa
    Dec 16, 2010 - 11:41PM

    Its pathetic and those invloved in this business should be given exemplary punishment. Food inspectors should also be grilled for not detecting the menace in time.Recommend

  • Ramzaan
    Dec 17, 2010 - 3:08AM

    How is dog or donkey different than camel or cow or pig(that christians eat)? Meat is Meat…. Humans are naturally fructivorus animals..i.e they eat fruits, dried fruits, cereals, peas, milk and milk products etc… these food items have least cruelty attached to them and are enough to fill anybodies stomach… I wonder how many pakistanis/muslims would be vegetarians as opposed to 31% of Indians are vegetarians, while another 9% indians consume eggs , i.e a total of 40% abstain from meat eating…This is called the GREAT LAND…THE LAND OF THE GODS…

  • hayyan
    Dec 17, 2010 - 11:39AM

    ooops …its very disgusting if it is true…but myself i dont know any veterinarian of these names in okara…and also the name of DPO is also incorrect…..perhaps it is more a blackmailing stuff by local press rather than a true storyRecommend

  • hashim khan
    Dec 17, 2010 - 11:35PM

    Shame to be a pakisi…can”t sAY any thing moreRecommend

  • Muhammad
    Dec 18, 2010 - 4:08AM

    A dog is a fine meal. Why waste stray dogs. Better to feed the people with their meat.Recommend

  • abdulllaha
    Dec 18, 2010 - 12:15PM

    there is no fault of the is the people who make thename of the country good or bad.when you have a govt who don.t care for the rules or law same things do plz dont blamme the country just look at your self .Are we working or discharging our duties rightly?


  • Dec 22, 2010 - 9:25AM

    Where are we going? Where is this all taking us? :( Recommend

  • Alam
    Dec 23, 2010 - 4:50AM

    OMG no words! this is not pakistan!Recommend

  • Mubbashir
    Dec 24, 2010 - 3:15PM

    very sad news Recommend

  • Muhammad Shahid
    Dec 26, 2010 - 11:10AM

    surely, this is neither the fault of the country, nor Islam nor Quran. its truly action of a person.
    people are so narrow minded and so enslaved that if someone from Muslim country do wrong they start absusing Islam and Quran and Country. But why dont they say same for America,Chritans and American where all these things happen …… only the a narrow mind will not accept the comments.Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Jan 5, 2011 - 12:31AM

    Disgusting. This guy will also get away with it like many before him. That is why this crap never stops.Recommend

  • ali
    Jan 9, 2011 - 9:49PM

    its not new.Recommend

  • ff
    Jan 11, 2011 - 3:03PM

    who let the dogs out!!Recommend

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