‘Qurbani meat’ does not fate of expats on Eid day in USA

BanglaPress Desk
July 9, 2022

Noman Ibne Sabit: Due to the crisis of butchers and cutters in the United States, most expatriates do not share the ‘meat of qurbani’ on Eid. Meat on the order of the qurbani given at the fair 2/3 days after Eid. This situation has been going on for ages but still the helpless Bangladeshi expatriates are going to farms in different states and ordering cows and goats alone. Thousands of cows and goats are slaughtered in almost every farm since Eid. In its continuity, according to the serial number, the day of Eid is in the destiny of some, and the meat of the qurbani in the destiny of others after 2/3 days of Eid. The number of expatriates who received qurbani’s meat on the day of Eid is very low.
Not only Bangladeshis but all Muslims in the United States have come to different farms on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha about a month ago and have come to order the sacrifice of cows and goats by weight. After the prayers on the day of Eid, most of the expatriates rush to the farm. Go there and wait after waiting. After waiting all day, they returned home at the end of the day as the serial number of the slaughtered cows and goats could not be matched. The next day he ran again to the same farm. This is how the race for the qurbani’s meat goes.

New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Connecticut, North Carolina, Ohio, Minnesota, Tennessee, New Hampshire, New Hampshire, United States Expatriate Bangladeshis rushed to different cattle farms a month before Eid-ul-Adha. There the live cows came together and the goats alone came by weight with the order booking of the qurbani.

Meanwhile, thefts of hundreds of pounds of sacrificial meat in the name of waste at the hands of cutters and butchers on various farms have also been reported on a daily basis.
Expatriate Muslims have been surprised by the fact that on the day of Eid, instead of one-third, one and a half or two-thirds of cow waste is dumped in these farms. This is not a new phenomenon, it happens every year. However, many have referred to this incident as the theft of sacrificial meat.
In fact, two-thirds of waste-free meat is supposed to be brought home. Experienced grocery traders say that one cow does not have to throw so much waste. An experienced cow cutter working in a grocery store in New York said that after slaughtering a cow, one-third of the actual weight of the waste has to be discarded, even if the skin, abdomen and passive organs are removed.
But in most farms, instead of one-third of the waste, one and a half or two-thirds of the waste has been dumped. Seeing this, the devout Muslims of different countries including expatriate Bangladeshis have been disappointed. If anyone protests about these things, the farmers threaten to cut his cows late or not. For this reason no one protests loudly.
15,000 cows are reared on a large farm, medium 1,000 and small farm 5,000 cows are reared in the United States. 39 million cows are slaughtered from these farms every year. In the United States, a share of qurbani cows costs about $ 250.

Abdul Gafoor, a Bangladeshi living in New York, said he used to make regular qurbani in the United States five years ago. Sometimes he did not give any more. Last year again with his friends gave a share in the qurbani’s cow. He went to a farm 15 days ago and weighed 1560 pounds. Excluding waste on the day of Eid, he got only 560 pounds of real meat. To throw 1,000 pounds of waste on a cow is unbelievable, something she has never seen or heard of.
Not only this, the meat is also regularly stolen in the name of throwing fat in various groceries for cutting meat.
An expatriate Bangladeshi from Connecticut said on condition of anonymity that he regularly buys groceries from New York. He often goes to other markets with fish and meat cut orders. But after bringing the fish and meat home, if he has any doubts, he can see it with less weight in his own house. From then on, he did not shop in that shop. Later another grocery store started a regular market. But he saw the same situation there.

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