A restaurant shut down for selling Hyena meat in Saudi Arabia

A restaurant was shut down in Obadiah

The Municipality of Surat Obadiah has just closed a well-known restaurant and imposed a monetary fine of SAR 10,000 to the owner of the restaurant for selling Hyena meat in Saudi Arabia.

During a surprise inspection of the restaurant, the inspectors found that the restaurant which is located on the Najran – Khamis Mushait Road had been closed and was being guarded by a worker of the restaurant whereas the kitchen was busy cooking meals.

The inspection team immediately cordoned off the area near the restaurant and when they entered the restaurant they found that the meat that was being cooked was that of a hyena. The restaurant was selling Hyena meat in Saudi Arabia.

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Hyena meat is not something rare in Saudi Arabia

Said Bin Saleh, a local resident has stated that he had been once invited to a wedding reception and there too hyena meat had been served. He stated that he was very surprised to see how people were enjoying the hyena meat.

Abdul Rahman Al Qahtani has stated that he personally likes the hyena meat, as it has a unique and different taste in comparison to the other “regular” meat or chicken.

He also stated that it has a unique smell as well; he added that the effects of hyena meat are above and beyond that of all famous stimulants.

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Hyena meat costs around SR 200 per Kilogram in Saudi Arabia

Khalid Al Qahtani, a veterinary doctor, stated that the meat of hyenas is in huge demand. He added that hyena meat is currently more expensive than that of a deer.

One kilogram of the meat of a hyena will sell for around SAR 200 or even more, depending on the age of the animal it has been taken from.

He also added that no harmful effects of benefits to health have been scientifically proven to exist in the hyena meat.

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Hyenas are facing a threat of extinction

A report which had been brought forward by the times had stated that the hyenas are now facing the threat of extinction since the people across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have now developed a liking to the taste of this hyena meat.

Back in 2008, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature had listed the striped hyena as being nearly threatened as the total population of the species is estimated to be fewer than 10,000.

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Hyena meat is also commonly consumed in certain areas of Iran as well as Pakistan, where it is also considered Halal. The director of the Wildlife Research Center in Taif, Ahmad Al Bouq has stated to the media that the threat faced by the hyenas is a dire one indeed.

Source: Arab News

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