Aug 8, 2018

Algerians go online to sell animals for Eid sacrifices

Sheep traders in Algeria are using Facebook and a local online selling site to sell their livestock ahead of the Islamic Eid al-Adha festival. They are hopeful that e-commerce can spare them the risks that come with travelling to big cities to sell their sacrificial animals, given that traders have previously been beaten and had their sheep stolen, Echourouk news website reports. Another trader advertising livestock on the same site offered to transport sheep, calves and even horses to prospective buyers. Some six million animals are destined for slaughter this year in Algeria, compared with four million in previous years, and the National Federation of Farmers has stressed that sacrifices are both readily available and affordable for Algerians. Speaking to Echourouk, one farmer said that he had used the internet to sell 23 sheep for a total of 500,000 dinars; while another said he had gone online offering the free delivery of Eid kebabs to major Algerian cities.

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