Diyanet Issues Notice on Sacrificing Animals

The notice compiled by the Presidency of Religious Affairs was issued in the Official Gazette which is intended to ensure measures are taken to sacrifice the animals in the least painful way possible for the animals and also in accordance with religious rules, hygiene conditions, and environmental cleaning; to help with sacrifice by proxy; to designate locations for selling and sacrificing livestock animals; and to train people who will perform the sacrificial procedure.
Accordingly, a “Sacrificial Services Commission” will be established that will consist of representatives from various organizations and led by governors or deputies in provinces and by district governors in districts.
Sacrificial Services Commissions will take the necessary measures for Eid al-Adha that will commence on 12 September 2016. Locations for selling and slaughtering sacrificial animals will be designated in cities in sufficient number and size to meet the need.
Sacrificial animal sale and slaughter areas will be nearby. If available, areas that have waste management plans will be preferred to minimize environmental risks.
Under measures to prevent environmental pollution, markets will be converted into slaughter sites. Local authorities will take necessary measures to enable ease of access to sacrificial animal sale and slaughter areas.
Sacrificial animal sale sites will be cleared of elements that may have adverse impact on the environment and community health. They will be surrounded with tarp, covered, and also meet social needs.
Slaughter sites will be chosen from among sites that comply with general sanitary conditions, be easily disinfected, have no water accumulation on ground, and also have lighting and ventilation. Measures will be taken to prevent pet or street animals from entering the slaughter site and the surrounding area.
The meat will be delivered immediately after the animal is cut into pieces at slaughter sites. Otherwise, the necessary cold storage conditions will be ensured.
Separate location for skin and offal
Necessary measures will be taken to avoid waste of the skins and offal of sacrificed animals.
“Slaughtering Staff Training and Development” courses will be held at Public Training Centers.
Sufficient number of personnel will be assigned to slaughter sites from organizations that are members of the commission. Their fees will be covered by the Sacrificial Commission.
Measures will be taken to ensure ease of access to slaughter and sales sites considering the heavy traffic during Eid days.
Appointment system will be implemented at slaughter sites to ensure more regular procedures and prevent waste of time and commotion. Necessary measures will be taken to concentrate the slaughter procedure on the first day of Eid.
Certified personnel to be assigned
Public will be informed about the sacrifice by proxy procedure. Only those who have “Butchery Certificate” or “the Course Completion Certificate” from Slaughtering Staff Training and Development Courses, and “Sanitary Training Certificate” will be assigned at slaughter sites.
Sale sites will be made ready 15 days prior to Eid and animals will not be transferred before that date. Municipalities will take necessary measures at sale and slaughter sites.
Penalty will be imposed on those who maltreat animals while taking them to the slaughter site, getting them into or out of the vehicle, and slaughtering them.
Slaughter forbidden at streets and parks
Citizens will be informed to help them ensure that the sacrificial animals should be picked from among those which are well-fed, have a veterinary health certificate and a transfer document, which have preventive inoculation designated by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Livestock, and which are registered in the animal identification system; to prevent slaughtering female animals with high breeding value, and to make sure that male and adult animals are picked from among those eligible for slaughter.
Sacrificial animals will be slaughtered at slaughterhouses that have work permit from municipalities, slaughter sites designated by commissions, and by those who have “Butchery Certificate” or “the Course Completion Certificate” from Slaughtering Staff Training and Development Courses; at villages or places without designated slaughter sites (regardless of parks, streets, etc.) the procedure will be carried out by competent individuals in due form and without damaging the environment.
Sacrificial animals will not be slaughtered at pubic areas like streets and parks. Necessary measures will be taken to prevent the waste, blood, and other organs at slaughter sites from causing any environmental pollution.
Catching crews will be formed to catch cattle escaping from sale and slaughter sites.
Fine to be imposed for violations
A fine of 196 TL will be imposed upon those who carry out sale and slaughter activities at public areas such as parks, yards, streets, alleys, and squares that are not suitable for animal sale and slaughter and upon those who do not take necessary precautions at areas suitable for such activities. A fine of 49,095 TL will be imposed for mass slaughter upon facilities that do not adhere to relevant prohibitions at slaughter sites and bury animal waste into the ground without any precaution. A fine of 1221 TL will be imposed if the act is committed in a household.
The slaughter procedure will be carried out in consideration of special conditions required by the religion; without alarming or startling the animal, inflicting the least amount of pain possible, in compliance with sanitary conditions, and in due form.
A fine of 2,651 TL per animal will be imposed upon those who act in violation of the relevant provisions of the regulation.
In addition, an administrative fine of 526 TL will be imposed upon those who deliberately mistreat animals, carry out the procedure in merciless and brutal fashion, beat the animals, leave animals hungry and thirsty, expose animals to extreme cold and heart, neglect their care or inflict physical and psychological pain on animals.