By PMA RASHEED
12 Nov 2010, The Gulf Today
Aimed at easing the heavy turn out of customers to sacrifice animals on the occasion of Eid Al Adha, the Dubai Municipality (DM) has launched a mobile abattoir which offers slaughter services at selected areas of the emirate.
The touring facility to slaughter animals in compliance with Sharia requirements, will provide butchery outlets with services of highest hygienic and safety standards during the Eid period. It has currently been stationed near the park in Al Quoz-1.
Hussein Nasser Lootah, director general of the DM, said that the facility has been developed to carry out sacrifice services mainly to the people residing in Al Barsha, Zabeel, Umm Sequim and Jumeirah areas meeting the rush for the service.
“The mobile abattoir will ease the high pressure on slaughterhouses of other areas during the Eid days. However, the mobile facility will provide services only to small sacrificial animals- sheep or goats,” he added.
“The mobile abattoir is equipped with modern devices and sufficient space operated by butchers, assistants, cleaners, equipment maintenance workers and supervisors.”
According to Lootah, the facility also will provide testing services for the sacrificial animals. The municipality has streamlined all other abattoirs in the emirate provided the required manpower ready for action.
“The civic inspectors will also carry out inspection procedures at the slaughterhouses before Eid to ensure hygienic requirements, and completion of maintenance works of all devices and equipment,” he said.
“Preparations have been completed deploying more administrators, supervisors, veterinary doctors and workers at all the existing abattoirs to accommodate maximum number of animals of all kinds, with separate slots for small, medium-sized and large animals,” said a DM spokesperson.
“The customers can receive the best possible conduct of work done with sanitised knives, cleaning materials and disinfectants at all branches of the abattoirs in Al Qusais, Bur Dubai and Hatta. The other abattoirs will be ready for the slaughter of any quantity of animals of all kinds in record time without delay,” he elaborated.
“The slaughtering services will start from 7.30am until 5pm throughout the four days of Eid. The abattoir tariff depends on the type and size of the animals. However, it levies a nominal fee for slaughtering the sacrificial animals of individuals,” said the DM official.
“The rates to slaughter medium-sized animals will be Dhs40. It’s Dhs15 for goats, Dhs30 for calves, Dhs45 for a big cow, and Dhs60 for a small camel. But Dhs65 will be charged from individuals for charity organisations,” he added.
The civic body also urged the public to avoid slaughtering outside abattoirs, and to not rely on wanderers or street butchers to safeguard public health safety.
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