Eid ul Adha Festival Generates Brisk Business in Animal Skins


Raw hide and skin workers apply salt to sheep and goat hide on... News PhotoApplying,Finance,Goat,Horizontal,India,Jammu and Kashmir,Merchandise,Occupation,Religion,Sheep,Srinagar,SummerPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Yawar NazirSRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - OCTOBER 30: Raw hide and skin workers apply salt to sheep and goat hide on October 30, 2012 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. Muslim countries produce the highest number of raw hides during the Eid ul Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice). With the Sacrificing of animals on the eve of Eid, millions of raw hides, mostly from sheep, goat and other bovine animals are prepared. The trade generates billions of dollars drives the raw material need of the footwear industry, where most of the hides are utilized after tanning. The State of Jammu and Kashmir, a Muslim majority state, also produces three million hides from different animals annually, with some two hundred thousand hides made ready on Eid. The hides are mostly exported in raw form to India based tanneries which process it to leather that is mostly exported to Europe. . (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)