Geronimo owner ‘fighting for truth’ after inconclusive tests on alpaca | Bovine tuberculosis


The owner of Geronimo, the alpaca who was culled as a result of officers believed he had bovine tuberculosis, has launched a fierce assault on the UK authorities after postmortem tests steered he might need been away from the illness after all.

Helen Macdonald stated she felt betrayed and continued to grieve deeply for Geronimo’s ‘“senseless” loss. “It’s a rollercoaster. No two minutes are the same. I feel grief, traumatic grief.”

Geronimo was killed in August after years of courtroom battles, protests and movie star interventions, with the federal government insisting he needed to die as a result of he had twice examined optimistic for the illness.

Macdonald, a veterinary nurse, argued that the testing course of was flawed, and she or he and her supporters have been ready for the outcomes of postmortem examinations. On Friday the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) conceded it had not been potential to show from the postmortem tests that Geronimo did have TB.

Speaking at her farm in Gloucestershire, Macdonald turned tearful as she recalled how Geronimo was taken away by authorities vets, supported by cops, regardless of the efforts of supporters often called “alpaca angels” to protect the animal.

“He was tortured. Vets dragged him screaming to a horse box. If that was a person, they’d be up before the courts. You can’t use the word murder because he wasn’t human, but he was a sentient being.”

Macdonald, who clutched a mug studying “Beware, crazy alpaca lady” as she spoke, stated she couldn’t bear to enter what had been Geronimo’s pen, saying it felt like a criminal offense scene. “It brings back too many memories,” she stated.

“I’m going to carry on fighting for the truth. George Eustice [the environment secretary] has spent a ridiculous amount of taxpayers’ money trying to prove this one alpaca had bovine TB, when we knew all along that he didn’t, and ultimately, he personally ordered for Geronimo to be condemned to an unjust death. It is incredibly sad and personally devastating that the truth only emerges after the senseless death of Geronimo.”

Defra claimed that an preliminary postmortem examination revealed the presence of what it believed had been TB-like lesions – though Macdonald disputes that is what they had been. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has been attempting to tradition micro organism from these lesions however, it has now emerged, has been unable to do that. Defra argued this didn’t imply Geronimo was freed from illness as a result of he had twice examined optimistic whereas alive.

The chief veterinary officer for the UK, Christine Middlemiss, stated: “This animal tested positive for bovine tuberculosis on two separate occasions using highly specific tests. Due to the complexity of the disease, further testing has not enabled us to use whole-genome sequencing to try to understand how the animal became infected in the first place.”

Macdonald’s supporters say the APHA was not in a position to tradition micro organism from the tissue samples as a result of there was no micro organism to tradition.

Iain McGill, a veterinary scientist who has suggested Macdonald, stated it was a “very sad day.” He stated he believed the failure to tradition micro organism confirmed it was “extremely unlikely” that Geronimo had TB.

Defra stated bovine tuberculosis was some of the vital animal well being challenges that England confronted, costing taxpayers greater than £100m every year. In 2020 alone, greater than 27,000 cattle needed to be slaughtered to curb its unfold.

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