‘It was a bloodbath!’ As the alpaca dies, an enraged Geronimo supporter rages at the cops.
Liz Stacey, a GERONIMO fan, slammed police officials who intervened to take the alpaca from her Gloucestershire farm and ultimately execute it.
Geronimo After a stay of execution expired, the alpaca was removed from his South Gloucestershire home at 10.30 a.m. on Monday. Activist Liz Stacey, who was camped at the farm to protest DEFRA’s decision to kill the alpaca, called the cops’ action “brutal.” “The police arrived in force, it was totally disproportionate, with DEFRA officials,” Ms Stacey claimed.
“They were dead set on doing this awful atrocity. Geronimo couldn’t have had tuberculosis for years.
“On this farm, there is a healthy, happy animal. It was abhorrent, a very disproportionate use of force.”
Ms. Stacey claimed she was brought to a police van and threatened with arrest for possessing a water gun, but she missed Geronimo being dragged away.
“I was in the back of the arrest vehicle,” she continued. I’m glad I didn’t notice it.
“It was horrible, he was herded into a corner. It was a harrowing experience.
“No animal should be handled that way, and it’s been a complete waste of an opportunity to eradicate tuberculosis for the sake of farmers and livestock in general.
“It was a complete waste of time.”
Geronimo was euthanized by Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) employees to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis, according to DEFRA.
Geronimo had tested positive for bovine tuberculosis twice, and a destruction warrant had been issued for the animal, despite the fact that his owner Helen Macdonald believed the tests were false positives, and hundreds of people signed a petition opposing his killing.
Ms Macdonald has received compassion from Downing Street, with the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson saying: “It’s obviously incredibly distressing for someone to lose animals to TB, and that’s a situation that farmers tragically have to face.”
“Our hearts go out to Ms Macdonald and anybody else who has been touched by this dreadful disease.”
“This is a really sad circumstance, and our condolences remain with all those afflicted by this awful disease,” said Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss.
“No one wants to have to cull diseased animals if it can be prevented, but we must follow scientific evidence and cull animals that have tested positive for bTB to prevent the disease from spreading.”Brinkwire Summary News”.