Geroni-NOOO! Executed Alpaca's Owner Claims Autopsy Proves He Didn’t Have TB

© REUTERS / Peter NichollsProtesters demonstrate against the ruling that Geronimo, an Alpaca believed to be carrying TB, has to be euthanised, in London
Protesters demonstrate against the ruling that Geronimo, an Alpaca believed to be carrying TB, has to be euthanised, in London - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.09.2021
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The saga of Geronimo the alpaca gripped the UK during the summer news “Silly Season”, but came to a tragic end on 31 August when he was finally captured by police and put down by vets from the Agriculture Ministry.
The owner of Geronimo, the ill-fated alpaca, has insisted that a post-mortem examination disproves the official reason for euthanising the animal.
But the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (Defra) chief vet has contradicted that claim.
Gloucester farmer Helen MacDonald's lawyers said a review of the Defra report by two activist vets indicated the cute camelid was not consumptive as claimed when he was corralled by police and put down on 31 August.

“As reviewed by Dr Iain McGill and Dr Bob Broadbent, the preliminary gross post-mortem findings are negative for visible lesions typical of Bovine Tuberculosis", the lawyers said in a statement.

“There are no white or cream caseous, enlarged abscesses typical for TB in alpacas whether in the lungs, bronchial, mediastinal or retropharyngeal lymph nodes", they added.
MacDonald has requested Defra hand over tissue and body fluid samples for independent testing.
But Defra Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Christine Middlemiss said a "number of TB-like lesions were found" in Geronimo's remains and were still being analysed.

"These tests include the developing of bacteriological cultures from tissue samples which usually takes several months," said Middlemiss. "We would expect to complete the full post-mortem and culture process by the end of the year".

MacDonald, McGill and animal welfare campaigner Dominic Dyer were advertised speakers at a protest outside Defra's Westminster offices on Thursday afternoon under the slogan "Justice for Geronimo" and "Stop the Badger Cull".

"Geronimo was a blessing in my life. He touched the world. He was loved and precious to very many people and he lives on", MacDonald told the demonstration. "I miss him. But I will do him the honour of fighting for him and making sure his legacy lives on for all animals".

Protesters demonstrate against the ruling that Geronimo, an Alpaca believed to be carrying TB, has to be euthanised, in London - Sputnik International, 1920, 31.08.2021
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The department instituted a policy of culling badgers back in 2012 on the basis that they helped spread bovine tuberculosis between cattle.
Dyer optimistically speculated that the Geronimo saga — along with that of Kabul animal refuge charity boss Pen Farthing's charter flight to the UK for more than 150 of his pets, without any of his staff — would bring down Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary George Eustice and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.
Dyer and McGill are also leading supporters of Farthing's cause.
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