FKH UB Held Webinar on the Examination of Sacrificial Animal

drh. Albiruni Haryo, M.Sc,. while Conducting Ante mortem Examination

After successfully held the Sacrifice Animal Webinar Series 1 several times ago, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Universitas Brawijaya (FKH UB) held the Sacrificial Animal Webinar Series 2.

The webinar activity with the theme “Slaughtering Sacrificial Animals and Handling Sacrificial Meat that is FOSTER” is intended for the inspector of sacrificial animal and sacrificial meat, Thursday (15/7/2021).

The webinar activity was held to provide knowledge about the procedures for examining sacrificial animals and handling sacrificial meat so that they remain safe, healthy, whole, and halal. This webinar was attended by around 300 participants from veterinary colleagues in East Java, the Animal Husbandry Service throughout Malang, lecturers, and students of FKH UB.

Dean of FKH UB, drh. Dyah Ayu Oktaviani A.P., M.Biotech., said this webinar is a form of community service from FKH UB in collaboration with PDHI East Java 2.

“This is a form of dedication and our annual routine duty as veterinarians. We are not only given the opportunity to worship but also dedicate ourselves in order to ensure the health and safety of the community through safeguarding the slaughter of sacrificial animals and the handling of sacrificial meat that is foster,” he said.

Dyah also advised all animal inspectors and sacrificial meat in each region to always comply with health protocols in accordance with government recommendations to reduce and break the spread of COVID-19 cases.

Attending the webinar was drh. Albiruni Haryo, M.Sc,. as the first speaker to provide material on the ante mortem of sacrificial animals. The ante mortem examination of the sacrificial animal aims to obtain as much information as possible for the purposes of post mortem examination and to ensure that the farm animal complies with the legal requirements to become a sacrificial animal.

Albiruni said that animals need to be ante mortem examined if the sacrificial animal is sick, blind, limp, emaciated, severed ears, and severed tail. This ante mortem examination time is carried out a maximum of 24 hours before cutting at the cutting location and repeated if there is a delay in cutting. Meanwhile, the maximum limit for ante mortem examination by a veterinarian is five hours per day.

“Inspector have to check all sides of the animal. Do not because you can see it, you think the animal is fine,” he added.

He further explained, the types of abnormalities that need to be considered in the ante mortem examination include respiratory disorders, behavior, gait and posture, animal anatomical structures, abnormal fluids, colors, and smells. If there is any doubt when examining an animal, it is better to separate the animal from other healthy animals. And if the animal shows clinical symptoms or abnormalities, it must be further examined by a veterinarian on duty.

After conducting an ante mortem examination, the next step is to provide a final recommendation to determine whether the animal is fit for slaughter or not.

Also presented was drh. Reni Indarwati, M.Si as the second speaker. Reni provided material on the post mortem examination procedure for sacrificial animals. Post-mortem examination is an examination carried out after the animal has been slaughtered which includes examination of the health of the carcass, meat and organs of the animal.

“This examination is carried out to detect and eliminate abnormalities in animals, ensure that it is fit and safe for consumption or not, confirm the diagnosis found in the ante mortem examination, and check the quality of carcass, meat and offal,” she said.

Reni said there are three principles of post mortem examination, namely inspection (visual observation) which includes the color and shape of the organ, palpation (touch), and incision. Post mortem examination starts from the head. In this examination, the inspector examines the eyes, mouth, nose, and tongue to see the presence or absence of worms or fungi.

Moreover, a general examination of the outer surface of the carcass was carried out, examination of the diaphragm, prescapularis, femoral glands, and superficial inguinal glands. Then examination of internal organs such as lungs, heart, liver, spleen, and kidneys. And the last examination is a digestive examination.

As well as ante mortem examinations, in post mortem examinations there will also be several decisions that can be decisive, namely meat can be consumed, destroyed entirely, some parts, or can be consumed conditionally. (VIK/Humas UB/ Trans. Iir).