Abu Dhabi abattoirs slaughter record 33,075 sacrificial animals
Abu Dhabi - Officials said veterinarians were present in the slaughterhouses round-the-clock to monitor the sacrifices before and after the slaughter.
More than 33,075 sacrificial animals were slaughtered at Abu Dhabi public abattoirs during Eid Al Adha holiday, according to authorities. This is the highest ever, and included, goats, sheep, cows and camels.
Officials said veterinarians were present in the slaughterhouses round-the-clock to monitor the sacrifices before and after the slaughter.
The municipality had launched smart applications for sacrificial requests to serve the public. Residents made requests for a sacrificial animals through these apps that included 'my sacrifice', the 'sacrifices of the island' and the Red Crescent Authority (halal). They had their animals purchased, slaughtered and delivered to their homes.
The animals were slaughtered at Abu Dhabi automated and public slaughterhouses, and abattoirs in Al Wathba, Baniyas, Al Shahama.
The civic body had earlier said that it had stepped up health measures at all abattoirs to cope up with the huge number of sacrificial animals being slaughtered during the Eid holidays.
It took several measures at abattoirs - including adding more workers - to ensure veterinary inspection of all animals to be slaughtered, the municipality pointed out.
"The municipal workers carried out veterinarian tests on animals before and after the slaughtering process," said the municipality officials.
Slaughterhouses of Abu Dhabi also provided tailor-made iceboxes for keeping meats to ensure proper transiting of meats and carcasses. It also helped avoid polluting or corrupting the meat due to heat exposure during the transit process.
Authorities had urged people to take all their animals to public abattoirs and warned that those who are caught slaughtering animals outside the municipal abattoirs or in their homes would face legal action.
Municipal officials highlighted that there were potential diseases associated with the slaughtering of animals in makeshift places.