As many as 500 mosque administrators from Yogyakarta and Central Java have joined training on sharia cattle slaughtering at Faculty of Animal Sciences UGM.
Organised in the Auditorium of the Faculty, the training lasted from 14-15 August 2018 and presented resource persons, Director of Halal Center of the Faculty, Nanung Danar Dono, S.Pt., M.P., Ph.D.
Nanung explained the right method for slaughtering the cattle according to Islamic law for the sacrifice purposes during the Eid-al-Adha festival. Nanung emphasised on Wednesday (15/8) that they cannot cut the animal before it has absolutely died.
He also warned people to check the internal organ condition of the cattle after culling and contact animal health experts if any irregularities occur. Furthermore, he shared the tips on how to store the meat in the freezer.
“Don’t wash the meat prior to storing because if washed with tap water, the meat will get infected by bacteria. These won’t die even if frozen, but just hibernating,” he said, adding the frozen meat will last until one year. He also asked people to put the meat in white instead of black plastic bags for distribution, because generally black ones are recycled from plastic chemical waste which is carcinogenic.
The training is the fourth running since 2015. Good response was received from the participants. One of them hailing from Boyolali, Purwoko (49), said he learned new knowledge related to the cattle culling after the training. He hoped this would be done annually to improve the public’s knowledge on slaughtering the cattle according to Islamic law.
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine UGM Runs Seminars
Similar events were also held at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine on Tuesday (14/8), done by the Faculty’s Mosque of An-Nahl, Association of Indonesian Vets (PDHI) Yogyakarta, and Aksi Sehat Qurban Indonesia (AQSI).
drh. Agung Budiyanto, M.P., Ph.D., chairman of the An-Nahl Mosque, hoped the event would increase the knowledge of participants related to cattle culling for sacrifices.
Chairman of Association of Indonesian Vets (PDHI) Yogyakarta, Dr. drh. Widagdo Sri Nugroho, M.P., appreciated the event, which invited resource persons, drh Heru Susetya, M.P., Ph.D. (Chairman of Veterinary Health Department UGM), Ammi Nur Baits (executive from KonsultasiSyariah.com), and drh. Sonny Handoko, M.B. (Master Trainer on Butcher and Assessor of National Halal Slaughterhouse).
Besides the seminar, participants were shown on how to select and slaughter the cattle for sacrifice according to sharia law.