‘I have no choice but to accept it.’ ‘It’s for the greater good, it needs to be done,’ the farmer tells Geronimo’s owner.
GERONIMO After testing positive for Bovine tuberculosis twice, officials said the alpaca needed to be put down, and the animal has been gaining support. However, on Tuesday’s broadcast of Good Morning Britain, a farmer described how he has to be laid to rest for the “better good.”
Helen Macdonald, Geronimo’s owner, spoke with Ben Shephard, 46, and Kate Garraway, 53, of Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, following protests outside Parliament on Monday to prevent the alpaca from being euthanized. Martin William, a farmer and agriculture specialist, joined the trio and, while sympathetic to the situation, explained to the ITV team why the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was concerned about the animal being kept alive. He said that, understanding Helen’s circumstances, she would have to “accept” Geronimo’s fate and enable the specialists to take charge before the disease spreads.
“It was quite sad for me,” Martin stated as he reflected on his own experience. Seeing animals being shot on the farm right before Christmas when we had a breakout and lost 60 or so animals in one hit.
“It’s a very unpleasant situation, but for the sake of society, we’re no longer required to use a BCG injection in everyone.
“They don’t get those terrible scars on their arms, and tuberculosis is almost completely eradicated in people.
“As a result, farmers, in particular, recognize that this is what needs to be done for the larger good. Agriculture follows a similar testing protocol.
“It’s definitely not the best in the world, maybe 60 to 70% accurate,” he remarked, emphasizing that this was sufficient to put the alpaca down.
Helen refused to accept Geronimo’s fate because she believes the tests yielded false positives and that the alpaca should be allowed to live.
“We’ve known there were issues with this tuberculosis test since 2016, but DEFRA didn’t tell me until we got the first test result in August 2017.”
“By their own admission, the second round of testing was biased, and they stated, ‘We really departed from protocol to ensure the customer realized the initial test was positive for tuberculosis.’
“I’ve been discriminated against from the beginning, and we found out a few months later that they already knew there was a problem.”Brinkwire Summary News”.