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Hajj 2020 Update: Sacrificial animals to undergo veterinary check, quarantine

 

Caution has been urged in shopping for sacrificial animals and shunning unlicensed farms that do not observe health rules.


MAKKAH —
 The Saudi Project for Utilization of Hajj Meat has said veterinary checking of sacrificial animals (adahi) is being conducted before their arrival in Saudi Arabia in compliance with the veterinary quarantine law in force in the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The branch of the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture in the holy city of Makkah will oversee all sacrificial animals starting from their country of origin through their quarantine at the Jeddah port until they are allowed into importers’ sheds, the agency said, Gulf News reported on Sunday.

Those animals are also subjected to comprehensive examinations before they are cleared for the ritual slaughtering. They are examined again in the abattoirs for health reasons and to ensure they comply with the conditions set by the Islamic Shariah law for sacrificial animals.

“After the slaughtering process, the internal parts of the animals are examined by vets before their meat is stored in refrigerators,” the agency said. Before distributing the meat to the poor around the world, Saudi authorities take necessary measures to ensure its safety during the loading operation and compliance with hygiene rules.

The agency urged caution in shopping for sacrificial animals and shunning unlicensed farms that do not observe health rules. The project called for making use of the adahi services offered by the Saudi government through the website www.adahi.org

During Eid Al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), Muslims, who can afford it, sacrifice animals such as sheep, goats, camels and cows, honoring the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to slay his son Ismael at Allah’s command. As the Prophet Ibrahim and Ismael showed unwavering obedience to the divine order, Allah sent a ram slaughtered in the son’s stead.

The animal sacrifice ritual happens during the four days of Eid Al-Adha. Depending on the sighting of the Dhul Hijjah moon, Eid festivities in the Kingdom will start on July 31.

 

Saudi Gazette report

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