Skip to content

Geronimo, the alpaca, did not have TB latest tests show

  • by
Madonald and Geronimo

You may remember Geronimo, the alpaca, who was slaughtered after a long-running battle between Helen Macdonald, his owner, and Defra which claimed that he had tuberculosis. Geronimo’s owner claimed that he did not because the Defra test was inaccurate. She made that perfectly clear and at the time had a very good argument to justify a further test using a better method which she could provide.

Madonald and Geronimo

Madonald and Geronimo. Photo: PA/Media

Defra rejected her pleas. At the end of August last year officials accompanied by police arrived at her farm near Wickwar in Gloucestershire and dragged Geronimo away surrounded by four veterinarians in hazmat suits.

Today, the Daily Mail reports that further tests have been carried out after Geronimo’s euthanasia to establish whether he genuinely did suffer from bovine tuberculosis at the time. The test had been finalised and they show NO TRACES OF THE DISEASE.

The test in September after Geronimo was put down was said to be inconclusive as to whether he had the infectious disease. Defra has said that its vets had discovered TB-like lesions in the animal’s liver and lymph nodes.

MacDonald has consistently said that the tests were returning false positives and were inaccurate but she was consistently refused permission to use a different and more accurate test.

Animal activists were unable to prevent Geronimo’s slaughter, which we now know was entirely unnecessary.

You may remember that cruel picture of Geronimo being dragged into the back of a horse box and driven off by a 4×4 with the number plate blacked out. It was a distressing sight to animal advocates and lovers and anybody really with an ounce of decency in them.

I have always felt that Helen Macdonald knew more about Geronimo’s health and bovine tuberculosis than the officials at Defra. She was more switched on and she’s been proved right sadly though after the loss of her beloved alpaca.

At the time, Macdonald told The Times that she was devastated and she demanded that an independent witness be present at the post-mortem. It appears that the post-mortem has not yet been conducted. It will be conducted by veterinary pathologists from Apha followed by a bacteriological culture of selected tissue samples which could take up to 3 months.

Macdonald appears to have been vindicated and I hope that she sues for compensation. That will be a very difficult claim to make. However, she has a very strong case I would argue.

The science of xenotransplantation in this case a pig's heart, genetically modified, transplanted into a 57-year-old man David Bennett senior

Xenotransplantation in action: a gene-edited pig’s heart transplanted into a 57-year-old man

Perhaps you have read about this. It is history in the making. I'm not sure how good it is, though ...
Read More
India has given dolphins animal rights

One day animals will be ‘non-human persons’

If there is a god, one day animals will be described as 'non-human persons'. They will have a whole set ...
Read More
Halal meat

UK: 99 million animals are not stunned unnecessarily before slaughter due to oversupply.

Summary: In the UK, up to 99 million animals are unnecessarily slaughtered without being stunned beforehand because the meat from ...
Read More
Rescued koala from Koala Carnage

Monster mess of koala conservation in Australia

There appears to be a shocking failure in the conservation of the koala in Australia which has been highlighted by ...
Read More
Grey squirrel at a bird box

Michael Heseltine, former Deputy Prime Minister, had 400 squirrels shot on his estate

NEWS AND COMMENT: Michael Heseltine believes in speciesism. He has decided that songbirds are more important than squirrels. So, when ...
Read More
Dog rescued from Kabul by Nowzad and evacuated to the UK

Kabul evacuation: red herring to say animals were prioritized over people

The world is aghast. There is shock and disbelief. How could anybody prioritise animals over people? And yet, all over ...
Read More
Woman makes videos of applying false nails to her dog's claws

Woman applies huge false nails to her dog’s claws and films it

CALIFORNIA, US - NEWS AND VIEWS: I am going to have to be brutally honest about this. Some people love ...
Read More
Mild case of cat abuse

An amusing cat video or a mild case of cat abuse?

You decide. I have decided. The bloke pushed over the dry cat food container deliberately to make the video. It ...
Read More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.