First day of Eid in Egypt sees 3,715 animals sacrificed

Government offers free butchering to avoid home butchering

12 August, 16:29

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, AUGUST 12 - A total of 3,715 animals were "sacrificed" in Egypt on the first day of the Eid al-Adha religious holiday, which is celebrated in the Muslim world and began on Sunday.

    Egypt's veterinary office director Abdel Hakeem Mahmod said a total of 2,613 cows and 1,102 sheep were butchered in a free service offered by the government in order to avoid people butchering the animals at home. He said the service will be offered for the duration of the holiday, which ends Thursday.

    He said all animals butchered first undergo a medical exam to ensure their safety for human consumption.

    During the Eid al-Adha holiday, Muslims recall Abraham's test of faith when he sacrificed a ram after God asked him to kill his son Ishmael and offer him in sacrifice.

    Ishmael was saved at the last minute through the intervention of an angel.

    The holiday concludes with the Islamic rite of the pilgrimage to Mecca, a holy city for Muslims and one of the main cities in Saudi Arabia.(ANSAmed).

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