Concern over rising cost of sacrificial animals
When a Muslim devotee has a sheep slaughtered, they usually give the meat to charity or distribute it among family and community.
Slaughterhouses across the capital are expected to sacrifice about 15,000 animals during Eid Al Adha, according to the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City. But residents are concerned about the skyrocketing prices of sacrificial animals.
“Although it is a religious duty, the increasing prices of the animals make it difficult to perform the sacrifice,” Samir Ahmad, an Egyptian expatriate, said.
Animal traders in Al Mina cattle market told Gulf News that the business has not yet gained momentum because of increase in prices.
An Australian sheep of about 30kg costs Dh1,000 compared to Dh900 last year, Karim Shah, a Pakistani trader said. The price of a 15kg Indian sheep has gone up to Dh600 from Dh500 last year, he said. Lack of supply and increasing costs of animal farming have contributed to the price rise, Shah said.
Another trader, who identified himself as Lamadeen, said business is always brisk a day ahead of Eid. He used to sell about 200 cows every Eid but not sure this year. “A 110kg UAE cow [from Al Ain] costs Dh3,500, up from Dh3,000 last year,” he said.
He does not stock 200kg cows which costs Dh6,000 as there may not be enough demand.
The authorities have made all arrangements to ensure that slaughtering animals for sacrifice during Eid Al Adha will take place only at designated slaughter houses.
Increase in number
“We believe that slaughterhouses will witness a increase in the number of animals this Eid, with about 7,000 animals expected at the Automatic Slaughterhouse at Al Mina, 6,000 animals in Bani Yas Slaughterhouse, and 1,500 animals at Al Shahama Slaughterhouse,” said Khalifa Al Rumaithi, director of public health at the municipality, in a statement.
Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and the municipality have urged the public to avoid slaughtering at home or open places.
The Automatic Slaughterhouse in Al Mina has been dedicated solely for the slaughtering needs of the Red Crescent Authority, while other facilities in Al Mina, Bani Yas and Al Shahama will serve residents.
Saeed Jasem Mohammad, acting director of communication and community service at ADFCA highlighted the advantage of using slaughter houses. “The slaughter is carried out under veterinary supervision. The slaughter houses are compliant with all the safety norms about contamination, hygiene and other specifications. Sticking to slaughter houses will keep the public places unpolluted and hygienic,” he said.
The leftovers are disposed of in the proper manner at slaughter houses. The butchers at slaughter houses are trained and licensed. The proper examination before slaughter ensures the meat is fit for human consumption.