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History of Yanshanu Jos Cattle Market -By Abdulslam Kamaldeen Muhammad

This year, Sentient Media reveals that every 60 seconds an animal is mistreated. One afternoon, I counted 483 drops of blood on the floor and lost count out of empathy, what blood is that? But what really happened?

A wounded cow (with blood flow near the eye) was paraded to the slaughterhouse which is about a mile and a half (sometimes further) from Yanshanu Cattle Market in Jos. To the state of weakness of this animal was added an effect of respiratory mucosa, yet a reckless shepherd (sometimes guy/boy) hit the cow with a prod on the eye injury because at some point the cow didn’t move/moved slowly (the front legs were tied together)– Immediately the cow fell to the ground because of the force with which it was hit. This was repeated until the destination was reached. Such oppression is irrefutably practiced daily.

This scenario is consistent with the argument of Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation who “we must first transform the attitude of people towards the animal.” More than 40 years ago, animal abuse referred to intentional acts that cause pain, suffering or death to animals – these are behaviors such as beating, starving, choking, etc., however, this mistreatment is rationalized with ‘they are animals’. But these acts beat the conscience.

Yanshanu Cattle Market is a place where cattle buying/selling is done daily. However, due to the trade twine, most merchant activities inflict suffering on animals. Mr. Suleiman Ahmad, Chairman of Yanshanu Market Dispute Resolution, defended placing livestock in a crevasse in the name of transportation from villages to market or from market to certain destinations. “we are here for profit, [so] to create such a fantasized comfort for the animal will be expensive [and] I know people don’t want expensive meat.

And on the issue of market herders inflicting unnecessary pain on livestock by parading them to eat or driving them to the slaughterhouse, Mr Suleiman agreed that herders sometimes go overboard. “let me be clear on something, due to the unrest in our villages, they [Fulanis] protect their animals with several traditional methods and these sometimes remain after sale – that’s why we used leather [plastic] to smother them when they refused to get up. However, we warn our boys against mishandling animals as it is even un-Islamic and we check them with penalties, but remember that animals don’t understand you, the prod is the only one language they understand, plus there are the most stubborn among them.

Admittedly, African breeding methods value the sting, but is it the most effective means of communication with the animal? No – down to cruelty to the animals we eat. This mighty oppression is surely affecting the health conditions of livestock, so Mr. Alkasim Ishaq, a veterinarian outside Yanshanu Market, condemned the recklessness reflecting that those who keep pets starve them, let them roam and even the cruel soul beat, not to mention dealers “these people [dealers] are just there for business and time is money to them. Often we vets around condemning their cruelty to animals, but you know our society [you become a black sheep for trying to better the system]. However, these harsh blows, these unreasonable attachments affect the health of animals.

As the vet expressed concern, an individual who identified himself as a member of the Plateau branch of the Nigerian Livestock Association lamented his plight on the unreasonable attachment of animals as torture because he is freezing blood flow, which sometimes explains the behavior of animals.

It is expected that such human cruelty should have been curbed by the government, but Mr. Suleiman lamented that bad practices should have been overcome with intervention, “We have written letters to the government but no response, so we can do what is within our reach. In serious nations they have slaughterhouses and pay workers, no reckless timing to make big bucks like we did.

However, in the face of global animal husbandry, the vet and his friend stressed that reforms must start with caucus(not learned) which is made up of animal bodies. And Mustapha Suleiman, a veterinary student from Usman Danfodio University said denial to understand the psychological state of these guys. [as he preferred to call animals] that is what has caused the abuse in our communities. He thought that if we were careful, we wouldn’t need to inflict pain on animals with our traditional techniques.

But it is worrying to see what the strictness of the herders on the animals is costing the host community – Yanshanu. The cattle market is located in the middle of a residential area. Oftentimes, the abuse gets wild – it’s a chaotic half hour for everyone as to when the creator subsides in the worst case scenario.

This discriminatory treatment persists because humans do not realize that living beings react to stimuli – sometimes they are weak, like, dislike, hungry, angry, sick even want to rest, only when this is understood, we would think it wrong to inflict unnecessary suffering on another being, even if it is not our own species. But attractive legislation in this area is a priority.

Abdulslam Kamaldeen Muhammad writes from Bayero University in Kano, with

Abdulsalam Zikirullahi (SS3 class) Alhaqq Comprehensive Private School Jos,

Rukaiyah Muhammad (SS2 class) Alhaqq Comprehensive Private School Jos,

Rabiatu Abubakar (SS2 class) Alhaqq Comprehensive Private School Jos.

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