Taroudant - Moroccan Breeders are accused of administering weight gain pills to their sheep to fatten them before putting them on sale on the eve of Eid Al Adha.
Taroudant – Moroccan Breeders are accused of administering weight gain pills to their sheep to fatten them before putting them on sale on the eve of Eid Al Adha.
According to Moroccan daily Almassae, some farmers called on Moroccans to be vigilant before buying a sheep for Eid Al Adha, arguing that there are some breeders who use fraudulent methods to fatten their sheep.
The same source said that some farmers use weight gain pills locally known as “Derdeg” in order to build up the weight of their cattle before putting them on sale.
“Derdeg” pills are generic medical drugs allegedly used by some Moroccan girls who are suffering from thinness to gain weight.
However, “these steroid-based pills are not safe,” according professionals interviewed by the newspaper, saying that this may have a negative impact on the health of consumers.
Speaking to the daily, Nabri Said, a veterinarian, said that Eid Al Adha period witnesses an active movement of the cattle, which may cause the spread of infectious diseases among herds.
He added that in an attempt to ensure that all sheep and calves that will be slaughtered during Eid Aladha are healthy, veterinary services across Morocco « are making efforts to monitor the markets despite the sector’s constraints, such as the shortage in doctors and the lack of human and logistic resources.
The veterinarian denied that the Veterinary Services have found any case of fattening sheep through the use of weight gain pills known as “Drdeg”.
Eid Al Adha, also called the Feast of the Sacrifice, will be celebrated on Thursday September 24, 2015 in Morocco.