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Designing altars for sacrificial animals

Designing altars for sacrificial animals

Date: 2023/03/28


Table Of Contents

1- Introduction .

Livestock is considered one of the most important sources of food, and sacrificial animals are considered important in many Islamic rituals, as their meat is offered to the poor. The interest in sacrifices and slaughterhouses increased after the large increase in the population, where studies were concentrated and laboratories were opened in order to provide various types of vaccines and high-quality fodder. Focused attention was paid to designing slaughterhouses for sacrifices, especially after the outbreak of several types of diseases, including mad cow disease, bird flu, and others . It caused huge losses in livestock, and some of it spread to become contagious to humans, and this imposed the application of safety standards in the design of barns and slaughterhouses due to their importance in providing meat that conforms to health and safety standards, so many technical specifications were set for slaughterhouses for sacrificial animals, and this is what we will talk about in this article.

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2- Special conditions for designing altars for sacrificial animals

The altar: It is the special place for slaughtering, skinning and hollowing the sacrifice in order to obtain carcasses suitable for human consumption by providing meat that conforms to health and safety standards and disposing of infected parts or sacrifices in a correct manner that prevents the spread of infection between humans or other sacrifices. The design of altars for sacrificial animals is based on approximately the same principles. It differs according to the type of sacrifice. In general, altars consist of the following sections:

  • Sheltering sheds

Realize the following benefits:

  1. Ensuring the continuity of work in the slaughterhouses by ensuring the continuous supply of sacrificial animals.
  2. It is of great importance in order to relieve the sacrificial animals before slaughter from the fatigue accompanying the transportation process from the breeding pens to the slaughterhouses.
  3. Provide water and food if needed.
  4. Medical examination to ensure the provision of meat that meets health and safety standards.
  • Slaughter hall
  • Urgent Slaughter Hall 
  • refrigeration chambers 
  • Meat storage compartments 
  • Leather warehouse 
  • Evisceration parlour 
  • Excrement rooms (sacrificial waste) 
  • Fat compartments for human consumption 
  • cutting cabins 
  • Compartment of parts unfit for human consumption
  • cargo area 
  • Changing rooms
  • Manure and manure collection area 
  • A place for washing and disinfecting vehicles and equipment 
  • veterinary office 
  • detective




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3- The importance of slaughterhouses in providing meat that meets health and safety standards

 When applying the conditions for designing altars for sacrificial animals , this brings many benefits, including: 

  • Providing a healthy and sound environment so that we maintain the safety of the animal.
  • Not to put the animal in a state of stress or psychological pressure.
  • Ease of handling the animal.
  • No injuries to workers.
  • Quick work done and not wasting time.
  • Production of high quality meat.
  • Material benefit and better financial return.
  • Benefit from the parts of the sacrifice and reduce waste.

Neglecting to design altars for sacrificial animals according to the specified conditions causes:

  • Difficulty and slow process of controlling and slaughtering the animal.
  • Injuries to animals and workers.
  • Low quality meat.
  • material loss.


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4- Technical specifications of the slaughterhouses

There are many technical specifications for slaughterhouses , which ensure the provision of meat that conforms to health and safety standards and achieve the best material returns. The technical specifications of slaughterhouses differ from one country to another, but their outlines are as follows:

  • The location should be extreme and far from the city center and other residential areas.
  • The building should be in a high place to facilitate the connection of sewage to the main network of the city. 
  • Constructing a wall of tall trees in order to reduce the impact of wind and dust.
  • Choose a location that allows for future expansion.
  • Choose a place away from oil refineries, fertilizer factories, and chemicals that emit irritating odors. 
  • suitable spaces:

Appropriate spaces should be provided according to the type of sacrifice, where the animals have freedom of movement between standing and lying down. For example, with the increase in the time the cows and sheep are in the waiting pens, the animals tend to lie on the ground, especially during the night, when their activity decreases. In fact, most of the waiting pens are also dedicated to the activities of people working in pre-slaughter inspection and selection of animals, in addition to cleaning work.

  • water

Care must be taken to secure clean water and offer it to the sacrifices to prevent dehydration.

  • shade 

Shades should be provided in the parking pens to protect against heat shock, and a draft should be provided and water mist sprayed for cooling.

  • Ease slopes and create a flat floor

In the corridors from the pens towards the altars, it is necessary to ensure that the floor is level to prevent injuries or crowding in the corridors. It is also required to use non-slip floors of a uniform color to reduce the surprise of the sacrifice and its stopping to discern the color difference on the floor.

  • walls

It must be solid and uniform in color and not contain protrusions that may cause damage to the sacrifice. The building materials used in walls and floors should be easy to clean, non-toxic and moisture resistant.


  • angles

It should be as circular as possible, as the sharp angles cause tension in the sacrifice, as it cannot realize what is behind it and suggests that the road is blocked.

  • luminance

It should be even, dim, and not directed in front of the sacrifice, which may affect its vision. A sudden change in the intensity of the lighting or its interruption causes the sacrifice to become tense and stop to see its way.

  • hype

The sounds produced by machines or other animals can cause the tension of the sacrificial animals that perceive sounds that humans do not perceive, and therefore this must be done as much as possible to avoid this matter.


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With confidence, SMD Decoration is one of the most distinguished companies in planning altars in Turkey. When we receive a specific project, we follow it up, starting from placing small details to final finishes. SMD Decoration uses the best cadres of architects, interior designers and experts as well. To give distinguished results to its customers, and to follow all global developments in the field of slaughterhouses and slaughterhouses, in order to remain ahead of all other companies with hundreds of steps .   Distinctive SMD Decoration services   that we offer you.

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