Fines up to Dh20,000 for illegal slaughtering in RAK

Fines ranging from Dh5,000 to Dh20,000 will be imposed on people found slaughtering sacrificed animals outside the three abattoirs in Ras Al Khaimah.

By Ahmed Shaaban – Senior Reporter

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Published: Thu 18 Sep 2014, 10:18 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:53 PM

Such malpractices, mostly done by unlicensed street butchers, pose a grave risk to the public health and environment, according to a senior municipal official.

Khalifa Mohammed Almaktoum, Manager of the Health and Environment Department at the RAK Municipality, said some residents hire street butchers near the animal market to avoid the hassle of taking the animals to the abattoirs and waiting in long queues.

“Illegal slaughtering proved to be very unhealthy because some of the animals slain earlier were sick and unfit for human consumption. Therefore, the rigorous punishment is meant to curb this practice and protect consumers... The RAK Municipality provides well qualified and trained vets who examine the animals before and the carcasses after slaughtering to make sure they are free of diseases and infections.”

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