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Alpaca-lypse NOW! UK Cops Collar Condemned Geronimo for Execution — Video

© REUTERS / PETER NICHOLLSProtesters demonstrate against the ruling that Geronimo, an Alpaca believed to be carrying TB, has to be euthanised, in London, Britain, August 9, 2021
Protesters demonstrate against the ruling that Geronimo, an Alpaca believed to be carrying TB, has to be euthanised, in London, Britain, August 9, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 31.08.2021
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The government ministry Defra sentenced Geronimo to death after he twice tested postiive for the infectious lung disease tuberculosis. But his owner and other animal welfare activists — some connected to controversial Afghan animal refuge boss Pen Farthing — had vowed to fight his execution down to the wire.
West country cops have seized Geronimo the consumptive alpaca to be put down — despite attempts by "human shields" to save his woolly skin.
A video post on Twitter by activists showed officers from the Avon and Somerset force fanning out across a field as they tried to corral the furry fugitive at McDonald's farm.
The aptly-named ministry Defra — the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs — had ordered New Zealand-born Geronimo be put to death after he twice tested positive for tuberculosis (TB). A judicial review brought by his owner Helen McDonald failed to win a reprieve for the animal.

​"We can confirm officers are in attendance at a farm in the Wickwar area of South Gloucestershire this morning to support the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), who are executing a court warrant", Avon and Somerset Police said in a statement.
​"We can confirm officers are in attendance at a farm in the Wickwar area of South Gloucestershire this morning to support the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), who are executing a court warrant", Avon and Somerset Police said in a statement.
Pen Farthing, founder of British charity Nowzad, an animal shelter, stands in front of a cage on the outskirts of Kabul May 1, 2012 - Sputnik International, 1920, 30.08.2021
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Animal welfare campaigner Dominic Dyer said there were media outlets and a "human shield" of protesters there to protect "the most famous animal in the world", challenging authorities: "Let the government try and kill this innocent animal!"

​Activist vet Dr Iain McGill tweeted later that Geronimo was still alive in police custody and urged "civil disobedience by any means" to save him.

​Dyer and McGill both revealed they had been involved with the widely-criticised "Operation Ark" charter flight to evacuate 158 cats and dogs from former Royal Marine "Pen" Farthing's Nowzad animal refuge in the Afghan capital Kabul — while leaving his vets, nurses, and other staff behind while seats on the plane lay empty.  

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