Cow for Qurbani

Age is a very important factor for Qurbani animals. For cows, they need to be at least 2 years of age, which can easily be detected by examining their teeth. Determining the age of cows up to 5 years of age is very easy and accurate: the animal has two permanent incisors at 2 years of age, four at 3 years of age, six at 4 years of age and a full mouth of eight permanent incisors at 5 years of age. The teeth of a healthy cow are undamaged and look beautiful.



Eid-ul-Adha, the holy Qurbani Eid of Muslims of Bangladesh is near. Muslims all around the world celebrate this holy occasion with pride and joy. On this special day, millions of farm animals are sacrificed all around the world including Bangladesh. Every year around 50 to 55 lakh farm animals are sacrificed alone in Bangladesh. In this season the farmers of this country feed their farm animals with special food to make them healthy and prepared. Amongst them, some dishonest farmers use growth hormones, steroids and other harmful chemical products on their farm animals for fattening to gain extra profit.

Steroid-infused meat is harmful to human health. The kidney, liver and other sensitive organs are damaged by eating this poisonous meat and chances of Diabetes, Cancer and many more complex diseases increase. The most affected people after having infected meat are the women and children. In case of children, the first sign is obesity and then comes high blood cholesterol and many more diseases. Children and women fall sick very quickly after consuming steroid-infused meat.

Because of the harmful effects and harsh reactions on human health, the Food and Drugs Administrations of many developed countries have banned these type of steroid hormones for the animal fattening process. These products are typically used to cure and save the lives of serious human patients, these are not for animals. But still, these products are injected or fed to cows, goats and other farm animals. To stop using hormones on animals like this, according to the animal feed act-2010, several steroid hormones such as – Decason, Oradexon, Prednisolon, Betnenal, Cortan, Steron and Adam-33 etc. have been banned to sell as veterinary medicine.

After feeding these medicines the functionalities of the kidneys and liver of these farm animals are disturbed. Thus water cannot get out from their system properly and starts building up in their bodies. As a result, they look fat but the meat mass doesn’t increase at all. Also as a result of the normal organ-function failure, these animals can even die 20-25 days after the consumption of these horrible fattening hormones. There are other scientific methods for increasing the meat-mass of farm animals for Qurbani, such as- feeding a certain mix ratio of Urea, Molasses and Straw (UMS) to the cows for approximately 6 months daily. The UMS method increases the mass of meat in a cow and makes it healthier and good looking.

Actually, people buy the non-scientifically fattened farm animals knowingly or unknowingly and later sacrifice them and eat their meat in Qurbani. These hormones don’t go away from highly-infused animal meat even after cooking them in high heat. As a result the people who consume these meat fall sick very quickly and are forced to spend a lot of money in treatments. That is a prime reason why many people are worried about buying the wrong animal for sacrificial purpose. But if you know the difference and the right way to identify hormone-infused cows or other animals and how to pick the healthy ones properly, then you have nothing to worry about.


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