Volunteers stand vigil to preserve a sentenced alpaca named Geronimo.
A dedicated group of volunteers guards Geronimo, who has been sentenced to death by officials, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After testing positive for bovine TB twice, the beloved alpaca was sentenced to death. Helen Macdonald, the owner, has strenuously objected to the Department of Environment’s decision.
Hundreds of people have rallied to Geronimo’s defense, guarding the entrance of Helen’s farm in Wickwar, Gloucestershire, now that a warrant for his death has been signed. Overnight, local volunteers have taken turns protecting the lively alpaca, whose story has captivated millions of people.
Some chose to stay in the luxury of their cars, while others set up camp, ready to ward off any unwanted intruders.
Visitors were given permission to enter the farm after their vehicles were inspected.
Helen, a 50-year-old veterinary nurse, said her four-year battle with the government to save her alpaca had cost her money.
“It’s been a huge strain,” she remarked. It has completely taken over my life. It has had an impact on my family. It’s just been stressful because you’re talking to stone walls, which isn’t how you should treat anyone.”
Helen said she felt “betrayed” by the government, but was reassured by the “groundswell” of supporters rooting for Geronimo.
“I hope that today Boris Johnson realizes that there is huge support for simply doing the right thing,” she continued.
“Pausing and having intellectual dialogues from both sides in order to reach an agreement that protects everyone while also providing a pleasant outcome. All of us should be on the same page.”
Helen claims that although Geronimo tested positive for bovine tuberculosis twice, the skin tests were defective because he was given the protein tuberculin, resulting in a false positive.
She now wants to be able to give her alpaca a more precise blood test.
“All I ask for is a test that I will accept the results of,” Helen explained. It shouldn’t be too tough.
“They [the authorities]didn’t use the proper test,” says the witness. All camelids in this country are represented by Geronimo. He’s not even an English alpaca; he’s from New Zealand, and he fights for justice.”
The alpaca has remained unmoved by the bustle of activity outside his pen, which included banners reading “Justice for Geronimo” being held aloft.
Emma Phipps, 34, one of the guards, said, “Our presence is about ensuring that injustice cannot happen easily, and giving.” Brinkwire Summary News.”