Over 17,000 an­i­mals slaugh­tered dur­ing Adha Eid in Kur­dis­tan

Dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of Eid al-Adha, Mus­lims in Kur­dis­tan com­mem­o­rated and re­mem­bered Abra- ham’s tri­als by slaugh­ter­ing thou­sands of sheep, goats and cows.

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At the end of the Hajj, the an­nual pil­grim­age to Mecca, Mus­lims around the world cel­e­brate the Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sac­ri­fice. In 2013, the Eid al-Adha be­gan on Oc­to­ber 15th and lasted for four days. Based on a sta­tis­ti­cal re­port re­leased by the Direc­tor Gen­eral of Kur­dis­tan Vet­eri­nary and An­i­mal Prod­ucts, over 17,000 an­i­mals were of­fi­cially slaugh­tered over the Eid at slaugh­ter­house in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

The re­port also re­veals that over 14,000 smaller an­i­mals like sheep and goats, and over 3,000 larger an­i­mals in­clud­ing cows and bulls, were slaugh­tered.

Although the Health Min­istry, through re­lated agen­cies, ad­vised peo­ple not to slaugh­ter an­i­mals out­side the slaugh­ter­houses, many peo­ple did slaugh­ter an­i­mals at their homes.

“Slaugh­ter­ing an­i­mals at home is un­healthy and against Health Min­istry rules. We no­ti­fied peo­ple not to slaugh­ter an­i­mals at home through me­dia chan­nels a few days be­fore the start of Adha Eid,” said vet­eri­nar­ian Azad Khosh­naw, the Me­dia Man­ager of the Gen­eral Direc­torate of Vet­eri­nary and An­i­mal Prod­ucts.

Khosh­naw said that, for the sake of a clean en­vi­ron­ment and the na­tional health, the direc­torate had helped all those who wanted to sac­ri­fice an­i­mals by open­ing the slaugh­ter­houses over the Eid and as­sign­ing pro­fes­sional vet­eri­nar­i­ans to ex­am­ine the an­i­mals.

In ad­di­tion to the vet­eri­nar­i­ans, who were based in the Re­gion’s slaugh­ter­houses dur­ing Eid, sev­eral other mo­bile teams con­sist­ing of pro­fes­sional vet­eri­nar­i­ans were made avail­able to ex­am­ine the an­i­mals slaugh­tered out­side the slaugh­ter­houses.

The meat from the sac­ri­fice of Eid al-Adha is mostly given away to oth­ers. A third is usu­ally eaten by the im­me­di­ate fam­ily and rel­a­tives, a third is given away to friends, and a third is do­nated to the poor. The act sym­bol­izes peo­ple’s will­ing­ness to fol­low Al­lah's com­mands and give up things that are of ben­e­fit to them or close to their hearts. It also sym­bol­izes peo­ple’s will­ing­ness to give up some of their own boun­ties in or­der to strengthen ties of friend­ship and help those who are in need.

“Eid is a nice com­mem­o­ra­tion. It is a day of for­give­ness, of dis­tribut­ing meat to our friends, rel­a­tives, and the poor. I have de­cided to sac­ri­fice a sheep ev­ery year dur­ing the Eid, if I am able to, be­cause I en­joy it,” said Rah­man Shukir, a 33-year old man as he helped a butcher slaugh­ter a sheep.

The Eid al-Adha is cel­e­brated by Mus­lims to mark the oc­ca­sion when Al­lah ap­peared to Abra­ham in a dream and asked him to sac­ri­fice his son, Ish­mael, to demon­strate his devo­tion to the Almighty. Ig­nor­ing the ad­vice of the Devil, who tried to tempt Abra­ham into dis­obey­ing God by say­ing he should spare Ish­mael, Abra­ham was on the point of sac­ri­fic­ing his son when Al­lah stopped him and gave him a lamb to kill in his place.

To­day, the story is com­mem­o­rated on the Eid through the sac­ri­fice of a sheep or some­times a goat. Nowa­days, in most coun­tries, the an­i­mal must be killed at a slaugh­ter­house. The day is a pub­lic hol­i­day in Mus­lim coun­tries, and the fes­ti­val's Ara­bic ti­tle has con­no­ta­tions of a pe­riod of re­joic­ing that comes round over and over.

A view of Er­bil Mar­ket for sell­ing an­i­mals.

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