Egypt’s donkeys to get ID cards to prevent meat sale
CAIRO (92 News) – Egyptian authorities will issue Identity Cards (ID) cards for donkeys to uncover butchers who illegally slaughter these animals and sell their meat as beef to unsuspecting customers.
The head of the Veterinary Department in Giza near Cairo, Essam Ramadan said that that slaughtering donkeys, to feed circus animals such as lions and tigers, would no longer be permitted without those IDs. “This is also aimed at preventing butcher shops from unlawfully selling donkey meat to citizens,” he said.
The system will be enforced next year, according to Ramadan. “It is difficult for the ordinary consumer to detect donkey meat, especially when it’s used in processed meat products.”
In recent years, Egyptian police have reportedly busted several attempts to put donkey meat in the local market.
The suspects have apparently taken advantage of hikes in prices of meat products in this country of 90 million people, the Arab world’s most populous.