Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Geronimo alpaca was put down to end the high-profile legal battle with the British authorities

Although the bovine tuberculosis test was positive, the British alpaca, known for its owner’s stubbornly high resolution to save his life, was finally suppressed.

It ended the four-year legal battle between his master and the authorities over the validity of the test.

The Ministry of Rural Affairs announced on August 31 that Geronimo alpaca was killed by a veterinarian under police escort by a court order after being taken from his home on a farm near Wickwall, South Gloucestershire.

As part of the policy to prevent the spread of the disease, a positive test for bovine tuberculosis will automatically trigger the death sentence for the animal. Last year alone, about 27,000 people were slaughtered after being diagnosed with the disease.

However, Geronimo’s owner, veterinary nurse Helen Macdonald (Helen Macdonald) insisted that the test was fundamentally flawed and that it detected a TB protein derivative she gave him.

After being brought to the UK from New Zealand, he tested positive twice in 2017.

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On August 31, 2021, before an alpaca Geronimo was found at Shepherds Close Farm in Wooton Under Edge, Gloucestershire, police officers screened the workers escorted by the police and took them to an undisclosed Location. (PA)

Although several veterinarians supported her career, after four years of challenges in court, McDonald’s legal road seemed to have run out this summer when a judge rejected her request for a temporary injunction to stop execution. Killing order and retrial of the case.

This triggered a crazy publicity campaign throughout the summer, during which Macdonald received more than 140,000 signatures Online petition And aroused widespread media attention.

Supporters have been camping at MacDonald’s farm, hoping to stop the officials, and they were eventually accompanied by the police.

Geronimo was loaded onto a waiting trailer without any accidents, except for a woman spraying water at a policeman with a water gun.

In a statement, Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss stated that this is a “very tragic situation.”

“If it can be avoided, no one wants to kill an infected animal,” she said. “But we need to follow scientific evidence and eliminate animals that test positive for bTB to minimize the spread of this insidious disease and ultimately eradicate the country’s greatest threat to animal health.

“This is not only vital to protecting the livelihoods of our agriculture and rural communities, but it also needs to avoid more human tuberculosis cases.”

A post-mortem examination will now be performed by a veterinary pathologist from the Animal and Plant Health Bureau.

MacDonald told the BBC that the government refused to act in good faith, calling the killing “barbaric.”

She said: “We now know that they have been pestering us last week, coaxing us to say that people are on vacation, and will reply to us this week.”

PA contributed to this report.

Simon Wiese

Simon Wiese

Freelance journalist

Simon Veazey is a British journalist who has been reporting various beats for The Epoch Times since 2006, from in-depth coverage of British and European politics to web-based breaking news writing.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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