This year is the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic which has forced people around the world, including Indonesia, to make adjustments in various aspects of life. This is also true in the implementation of the Festival of Sacrifice which will be held in the near future.
Therefore, the Ministry of Agriculture (Kementan) through the Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health (Ditjen PKH) issued Circular Letter (SE) Number 8017/SE/PK.320/F/06/2021 regarding the Implementation of Sacrificial Activities During the Corona Virus Pandemic. This is an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19 which has recently increased due to the emergence of a new variant. Regarding the Implementation of Sacrifice, the Ministry of Agriculture has issued Regulation of the Minister of Agriculture (Permentan) No. 114 of 2014 concerning the Slaughter of Sacrificial Animals. This is in order to guarantee the safety and service of the sacrificial meat in the implementation of the sacrificial worship for the Eid al-Adha 1442 H which is predicted to fall on July 20, 2021.
"This SE serves as a guide for the implementation of sacrificial activities in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic so that it continues to run well by considering the prevention aspect of the spread of Covid-19," said Director of Veterinary Public Health, Syamsul Ma'arif, in a Webinar on the Implementation of Sacrificial Activities in the Covid-19 Pandemic Situation. 19 (24/6).
He explained, broadly speaking, this SE Directorate General of PKH regulates the implementation of mitigation or minimizing the risk of sacrificial activities at the sale of sacrificial animals, slaughterhouses for sacrificial animals in RPH-R and sacrificial abattoirs outside the RPH-R as well as guidance, supervision, and coordination.
Syamsul emphasized that in principle, the people involved in every location, both at the point of sale and at the slaughterhouse, both in the abattoir and outside the RP, must apply the 5M health protocol--wearing masks, washing hands with soap and running water, keeping distance, staying away from crowds, and limiting mobilization and interaction
Meanwhile, Syamsul explained that last year, there were 8,355 points of sale for sacrificial animals. The number of official slaughterhouses throughout Indonesia is 585 units and the slaughterhouses outside the official abattoirs reach 34,051 locations with details of mosques as many as 22,224 locations (65%), fields 3,079 (9%), schools 607 (2%) and others 8,141 (42%). "Meanwhile, the number of slaughterers is 74,136 people with a total of 820,778 sacrificial committees," explained Syamsul.
Syamsul stated that the government had already had regulations regarding the slaughter of sacrificial animals. All parties must pay attention to the correct procedure for slaughtering sacrificial animals in order to produce ASUH (Safe Healthy Whole Halal) meat. "Relevant offices in the regions should carry out surveillance activities and universities with veterinary faculties can help the government," he asked.