Focus on health of sacrificial animals

JEDDAH — The government of Saudi Arabia pays utmost attention to the health of the animals for sacrifice under the Kingdom’s Project for Utilisation of Haj Meat, according to Dr Ahmad Mohammed Ali, President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).

By Habib Shaikh

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Published: Thu 30 Sep 2010, 9:16 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:40 AM

“The animals for Haj sacrifice are bought through open tenders from traders who bring the animals from any place in the world which is open to them,” the IDB President told Khaleej Times in an interview following a Press conference on the implementation of the Project, at the Bank headquarters on Wednesday.

“The most important criteria is that they should meet the requirements set by the Saudi ministry of agriculture. The animals should be free from diseases as per the regulations of the ministry,” Ali stressed. He said the traders are experienced, well-versed with the project, and based in Saudi Arabia.

He warned that there are people who sell “fake” coupons at price lower than the IDB price. “They make their own coupons and sell these illegally,”

“We are asking pilgrims to void dealing with any individual outside the Project because those people are harming the environment of the holy places by doing sacrifice outside the slaughterhouses designated under the Project. They are harming the soil of the Holy Land, even the underground water,” he said.

Ali said that this year, the Project has made provision for 700,000 sheep and 10,000 camels and cows. The number last year was 664,623 sheep and 9,569 cows and camels.

The cost of coupon is SR 410 (US$109, Euro 83). These are available with Al Rajhi Bank, Al Amoudi Exchange, Hadyat Al Haj Wal Moatamer entities, as well as Saudi Posts’ outlets throughout the Kingdom.

The coupons are also available online through the Project’s website —

He said that the website is designed to enable pilgrims intending to buy sheep for hady or odhiya or sadaqa, to do so with a credit card or through money transfer.

Ali said that the aim of the Project, which was established 28 years ago “thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, is to serve the pilgrims by providing sheep that meet all Shariah and health requirements.” “The animals are inspected by veterinarians and Shariah scholars,” he said and added that the Saudi government has spent more than SR1 billion on the modern automated slaughterhouses, which are equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities.

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