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Death-row alpaca gets stay of execution

Death-row alpaca Geronimo gets a stay of execution as his owner announces pending court battle to overturn the decision

  • The High Court ruled the six-year-old should be put down after testing for bTP 
  • His owner, Gloucestershire farmer Helen Macdonald, has disputed the result
  • Yesterday Mrs Macdonald, 47, said she will go to the Court of Appeal

Geronimo, the alpaca sentenced to die for contracting TB, has won a stay of execution.

The High Court ruled last month that the six-year-old should be put down after testing positive for bovine tuberculosis, or bTB, in 2017.

His owner, Gloucestershire farmer Helen Macdonald, has always disputed the result, and says Geronimo has not displayed any ‘clinical signs’ of bTB in the last two years.

Geronimo (pictured), the alpaca sentenced to die for contracting TB, has won a stay of execution

Yesterday Mrs Macdonald, 47, said she will go to the Court of Appeal in a bid to overturn the death sentence. 

Plans to kill Geronimo are now on hold pending the appeal. 

In a statement Helen said: ‘Unless the Court’s decision is successfully appealed, Geronimo will soon be slaughtered. 

‘We believe that, apart from the two highly questionable test results (based on tests prior to which Geronimo was primed multiple times with tuberculin), all of the evidence indicates that Geronimo is not infected with bTB.

Yesterday Mrs Macdonald, 47, said she will go to the Court of Appeal in a bid to overturn the death sentence

Yesterday Mrs Macdonald, 47, said she will go to the Court of Appeal in a bid to overturn the death sentence

‘Geronimo still displays no clinical signs of bTB, nor do the other alpacas that have been held in isolation with Geronimo for the last two years.

‘It is part of my duty of care as an owner and my right to expect fair treatment from my government that Geronimo is tested correctly.

‘I am also deeply concerned that the High Court’s decision may have very negative implications for the voluntary surveillance testing of camelids for bTB in this country.

‘This is why we continue the fight by making our application to the Court of Appeal.’

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