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BAYRAKTAR: WE ESTIMATE THAT OVER 3 MILLION ANIMALS TO BE SACRIFICIED THIS YEAR

Press release…

ANKARA – Union of Turkish Agricultural Chambers (TZOB) Chairman Şemsi Bayraktar, in the press statement, said that while evaluating the sacrificial prices, they estimate that this year, approximately 785 thousand cattle, 2 million 600 thousand sheep and goats, a total of 3 million 385 thousand sacrificial animals will be slaughtered during the Qurban Bayram (Sacrificial Feast).

Reminding that sacrifice is a religious duty as well as a worship that includes various economic activities, Bayraktar said, “This worship, which is done to gain Allah’s approval, must comply with certain rules in terms of religion as well as legal and ethical rules in economic terms.”

“The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry states that excluding sales made directly from livestock enterprises, sacrificial animals can be bought and sold in the animal market and livestock exchange, as well as in sacrificial animal sales places determined in line with the decisions taken by the Sacrifice Services Commissions and in enterprises where special sacrificial slaughter will be made and their sale will not be allowed. Therefore, sacrificial animals are sold to our citizens in these places every year,” Bayraktar added.

Pointing out that they foresee to be a decrease of at least 10 percent in the number of sacrificial animals to be slaughtered compared to last year, Bayraktar explained, “According to the data of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; in 2018, 866 thousand 143 cattle, 2 million 682 thousand sheep and goats; in 2019, 891 thousand 670 cattle, 2 million 823 thousand sheep and goats; in 2020, 963 thousand 143 cattle, 2 million 812 thousand sheep and goats; in 2021, 987 thousand 422 cattle, 2 million 730 thousand sheep and goats and 871 thousand 791 cattle and 2 million 643 thousand sheep and goats were slaughtered across the country in 2022.”

“Due to the fact that purchasing power could not keep up with the increases in meat and livestock prices, we estimate a decrease of around 10 percent in cattle this year compared to last year, while we do not expect much change in sheep and goats. Considering the sacrifice sales in recent years, we also estimate that a total of 3 million 385 thousand sacrificial animals will be slaughtered this year, including 785 thousand cattle and 2 million 600 thousand sheep and goats,” Bayraktar concluded…

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