Stringent health rules are observed for sacrificial animals (adahi) to ensure their safety, a Saudi state agency in charge of the annual ritual has said.
The Saudi Project for Utilisation of Hajj Meat has added that veterinary checking of those animals is conducted before their arrival in Saudi Arabia in compliance with the veterinary quarantine law in force in the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Those animals are also subjected to comprehensive examinations before they are cleared for the ritual slaughtering. They are examined again in the abattoirs for health reasons and to ensure they comply with the conditions set by the Islamic Sharia law for sacrificial animals.
The agency urged caution in shopping for sacrificial animals and shunning unlicensed farms that do not observe health rules.