As Eid-Al-Adha is just a few days away, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has urged public to be keen on safe slaughtering of sacrificial animals, being part of its efforts to ensure safe food during days of celebrations in the emirate. The Authority has urged those who are planning to carry out sacrificial slaughtering, to do it inside the approved abattoirs in order to be in safe side in terms of public health and safety.
For many reasons, ADFCA sees the slaughtering inside the abattoirs as the only way to ensure health and safety of public and food safety of the sacrificial meat. The adequate environment ensuring safety and hygiene inside the abattoirs is the most importance reason why people should resort to only slaughterhouses for performing sacrificial slaughtering. In the slaughterhouses veterinary tests will be carried out on sacrificial animals before and after the slaughter which ensures they are free from any diseases as well as the meat is fit for human consumption. The animals and carcasses are treated according to best and safe practices inside the abattoirs which are preventive of any kind of contamination in the meat. The service of approved butchers who are technically qualified and licensed to carry out this practice in the abattoirs in addition to the provision of safe waste disposal mechanism are other reasons that make slaughtering inside the abattoirs a must civic responsibility.
In this connection, Thamer Al Qasemi, Director of Communication & Community Service Division at ADFCA commented: "Veterinary test carried out on animals inside the abattoirs is an important thing that confirms if the meat is suitable for human consumption. It gives us the chance to detect diseases and its pathogenesis as well as to identify the situations that suggest total or partial condemnation. The test helps us to control over any kind of diseases transmitted through meat such as tapeworms and many other zoonotic diseases both humans and animals share"
According to him the veterinary tests also will help to detect presence of remnants of veterinary medicines inside the animal, and if found, to remove off the infected organs. He said slaughter inside the abattoirs is carried out in line with the Islamic teachings pertaining to slaughtering of animals.
Al Qasemi also explained about the things to be taken care of from the very beginning of purchasing the sacrificial animal till it reaches home for distribution in the form of meat pieces.
"According to Islamic teachings, sacrificial animal should be free from diseases and of perfect physical condition without any kind of disability or weakness. The animal should be active and having enough flesh, in addition, it should be responsive to external situations. It shouldn't be having any visible lameness and abnormal secretions shouldn't be found leaking through the natural openings in the body. The animal should breathe with easiness and its head should be straight in line with the body structure. The eyes of the animal should be bright and shouldn't be yellowish or reddish in color. When provided with fodder it should be swallowing and eating normally and there should be no sign of indigestion" Al Qasemi explained.
AlQasemi said the sacrificial animal should be given enough feed and water but it should be stopped 12 hour before the slaughtering time.
Regarding the transportation of sacrificial animals, AlQasemi said: "One should have taken extra care while transporting animals. A small pickup is best to move the animal in order to avoid vast standing space for the animal which will cause fall of animal on the walls of the vehicle according to road conditions and sudden use of breaks. Hands can be tied if the animal is of calm nature and if not, right leg also can be added. But the left leg should be free in order to give the animal comfort to lay down. A soft mattress should be provided on the floorings to reduce the roadway shocks while the animal is laying position"
He said while getting the animal off the vehicle extra care should be taken in order to avoid slipping off or falling down that may harm the animal.