United Kingdom sacrifices Alpaca Gerono to avoid the transmission of bovine tuberculosis despite the protests of its citizens

Geronimo, an alpaca who gave positive in the test of bovine tuberculosis and whose destined unleashed criticisms in the United Kingdom, has been eutasyed on Tue

United Kingdom sacrifices Alpaca Gerono to avoid the transmission of bovine tuberculosis despite the protests of its citizens

Geronimo, an alpaca who gave positive in the test of bovine tuberculosis and whose destined unleashed criticisms in the United Kingdom, has been eutasyed on Tuesday for the Veterinary Services in London. The news has dismayed her breeder, who has challenged the diagnosis.

The alpaca, eight years old, has come out this morning in a trailer of the farm in Gloucestershire, in the southwestern England, where he lived.

British justice had decided the fate of the animal by rejecting, on August 18, the last resort of its owner, Helen MacDonald, to suspend the order of sacrifice and be able to save him.

When it was imported from its native country, New Zealand, four years ago, the black hair alpaca was subjected to four cutaneous tests that were negative in bovine tuberculosis. However, the United Kingdom submitted to two blood test and a cutaneous test, all positive, which led the authorities to order the sacrifice of it.

MacDonald denounced false positives and asked for a new test, which was rejected at the beginning of August by the high court of London. The court was then refused to suspend the order of sacrifice.

The destiny of the alpaca has caused commotion in the United Kingdom, where a demonstration came to the official residence of Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to ask him to be saved. "Obviously, it is very distressing for anyone to see the animals affected by tuberculosis, and it is a situation that the farmers unfortunately have to face," Johnson's spokesman said Tuesday, expressing his "sympathy for Helen MacDonald and For any other person affected by this terrible disease. "

More than 140,000 people had signed a petition asking them to be saved to Geronimo, which also received the public support of Stanley Johnson, the father of the Prime Minister.

Updated Date: 05 September 2021, 03:40

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