The environmental consequence of the ritual of Qurbani, or animal sacrifice, performed during Eid should be discussed, according to the Bharatiya Janata Party, Times of India reported. Party national secretary Shrikant Sharma said, "The way we are becoming more eco-friendly, the way a campaign in this regard is going on in the country and the world... it is a matter of debate and there should be a debate over it. It will be good if the intelligentsia in the country discusses it."
Activists advocating for animal rights and the environment in general have long been campaigning for the practice to be stopped. Sharma, however, clarified that he was not asking for the ritual to be banned, but only suggesting that the matter should be up for a debate. Bakr-Eid will be celebrated across the world on September 14.