Muslims in Indonesia celebrate Eid al-Adha in connection with the spread of foot-and-mouth disease

An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease has disrupted the ritual slaughter of animals to mark Eid al-Adha as millions of Muslims across Indonesia celebrate the biggest holiday in the Islamic calendar on Sunday.

Eid al-Adha, known as the “Feast of the Sacrifice”, is a sacred holiday that coincides with the last rites of the Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

It is a joyful event, with food as the hallmark, as devout Muslims buy and slaughter animals and then share two-thirds of the meat with the poor.

Most Asian countries, including Indonesia, India, and Pakistan, celebrated Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, while Muslims in other parts of the world, including countries such as Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, Kenya, and Yemen, celebrated the holiday on Saturday.

But this year, an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, an acute and highly contagious viral disease that affects artiodactyls and is sometimes transmitted to humans, has disrupted the thriving Eid al-Adha trade in goats, cows and sheep in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country.

The disease quickly spread again throughout Indonesia, where there had been no outbreak for 32 years.

The government, struggling to cope with the ever-increasing number of infections, set up a task force and ordered the culling of nearly 3,000 infected livestock.

As of Sunday, more than 336,000 infected animals have been reported in 21 provinces, mostly in Java and Sumatra, Indonesia’s two most populous islands.

At least 2,000 animals have died from the disease, according to official figures from the National FMD Task Force.

The country’s Ministry of Religious Affairs told Muslims they should not force themselves to make sacrifices during the outbreak.

Source: AB

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