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West Jakarta to examine livestock ahead of Idul Adha

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sun, August 13, 2017 | 05:34 pm
West Jakarta to examine livestock ahead of Idul Adha Children watch the slaughtering of animals during Idul Adha celebrations at the Jogokariyan Mosque in Yogyakarta in September 2016. JP/Aditya Sagita (JP/Aditya Sagita)

The West Jakarta Fisheries, Agriculture and Food Security Agency (KPKP) will dispatch 156 inspectors to check on the health of livestock ahead of Idul Adha, the Islamic Day of Sacrifice, which will fall on Sept. 1.

The examination will be conducted at thousands of animal shelters across eight subdistricts in West Jakarta from Monday until the end of August.

The 156 inspectors are members of a joint task force that includes district and subdistrict heads and 50 veterinarians for livestock examinations from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB).

“In 2016, we examined 8,508 goats, cows and buffalos,” West Jakarta KPKP head Maysawitri Dumay said on Sunday, as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com.

Ten percent of the total livestock was deemed unfit for consumption for Idul Adha in 2016 since the animals suffered from mild illnesses, such as eye ache or diarrhea.

While expressing her gladness that inspectors had not found any dangerous livestock illnesses in 2016, she said she hoped the livestock would be in better condition this year.

Muslims celebrate Idul Adha annually to commemorate the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of submission to God. After the slaughtering process, the meat is parceled up to be distributed among the less well-off members of the community. (hol/rin)

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