Mumbai, August 31: In last few years the online shopping industry has gone far ahead in terms of selling clothes, shoes and gizmos but no one would have ever imagined that this Eid-ul-Zuha, Muslim community in India will use the e-commerce platform to buy or sell (sacrificial) goats online. Almost two years ago the online retailing of goats started and now it has picked up significantly this year. Earlier people use to buy or sell goats through social media but online purchase on websites like OLX and Quicks has grown drastically news agency IANS reported.Also Read - Viral Video: Pakistani Reporter Interviews Buffalo, Asks 'Lahore Kaisa Laga Aapko?'| WATCH the Buffalo's Hilarious Reply

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Earlier, these animals were sold in open markets live Devnar slaughter house but now trends have changed and the sacrificial animals are available for online purchase on websites like OLX and Quickr. These online sales have drastically increased after Mumbai rains which created havoc at the Deonar abattoir after which animal traders from Rajasthan were forced to sell their animals at cheaper rates. Also Read - 3 Rockets Land Near Afghan Presidential Palace During Eid Prayers

The website sells, “beautiful and very honest” goats to those fed with “100 per cent organic grass”. In last few days, thousands of classified advertisements have been posted online with photos of the goats and details such as age, height, breed, weight and other status.

Most of the traders ask buyers to personally visit and “check” their animal, other have offered discounts and free home delivery if the booking is done on the spot.

Shameem Ahmad a businessman from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh posted nine goats at the e-commerce website. He said he posted an online ad after he saw similar ones last year.

“I liked the idea. The exotic breeds cost anywhere between Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 5 lakh, so we can’t keep them in the disease-prone Deonar abattoir in Mumbai (India’s largest such), where hundreds of animals die of illness,” Ahmad, adding that the date of the festival shifts ahead by about 10 days every year, bringing it closer to the retreating monsoon, told IANS.

A website called GoatIndia.com is reportedly one of the most popular locations online where trading of goats is taking place.