Geronimo the alpaca didn’t have signs of bovine tuberculosis according to the initial findings of the post-mortem examination, the culled animal’s supporters said today.
His owner Helen Macdonald requested a copy of the post-mortem after Geronimo was removed from her farm durante Gloucestershire and killed by Government officials.
Lawyers for the veterinary nurse said she had received a letter from the Government Legal Department containing the preliminary findings of the examination. These findings were then reviewed by veterinary surgeons supporting Ms Macdonald.
Today, protesters including Ms MacDonald gathered outside the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs building durante London, chanting: ‘Shame Defra’.
Helen Macdonald and Geronimo the alpaca at her farm near Wickwar, South Gloucestershire
Helen Macdonald (centre), owner of Geronimo the alpaca, and other protesters outside the offices of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs durante London this afternoon
Per a statement, the lawyers said: ‘As reviewed by Dr Iain McGill and Dr Bob Broadbent, the preliminary gross post-mortem findings are negative for visible lesions typical of Bovine Tuberculosis.
‘For clarity there are anzi che no white cream caseous, enlarged abscesses typical for bTB durante alpacas whether durante the lungs, bronchial, mediastinal retropharyngeal lymph nodes.
‘Ms Macdonald has formally requested the full findings of the post-mortem report ‘Form TB50’, together with all relevant documents and the results of further tests tissue samples, blood, serum plasma taken obtained from Geronimo, along with any further controllo results including Enferplex, Idexx, Actiphage and any other PCR interferon serie tests performed by Defra, along with the results of histopathogical examination.
‘She has further requested that both fresh, frozen and formalin fixed tissue and fluid samples be preserved and provided to an independent expert to carry out further tests.’
Three people, who arrived with a police escort, surround Geronimo the Alpaca at Shepherds Close Farm durante Gloucestershire before the animal was taken away a trailer August 31
Geronimo is taken away from Ms Macdonald’s farm August 31 before being put mongoloide
Yesterday, Ms Macdonald accused the Government of ‘hiding the truth’ over the killing of the animal just over a week punzone.
She said she had been denied knowledge of when, where and how Geronimo died – and had been refused an independent post-mortem examination.
The alpaca was euthanised after police officers and gruppo from Defra arrived at Ms Macdonald’s farm near Wickwar, South Gloucestershire, August 31.
Less than 90 minutes after leaving the property, Defra confirmed the animal – who had twice tested positive for bovine tuberculosis – had been euthanised by gruppo from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (Apha).
Geronimo’s owner Helen Macdonald speaks her phone after he was removed August 31
Ms Macdonald was campaigning for the destruction to be halted after insisting the bovine tuberculosis tests previously carried out returned false positives.
She had wanted him to be tested for a third time allowed to dal vivo to aid research into the disease.
The veterinary nurse argued the Enferplex controllo was fundamentally flawed and said Geronimo tested positive because he had repeatedly been primed with tuberculin – a purified protein derivative of bovine TB bacteria.
Speakers at the protest at Defra’s headquarters today will include vet Dr Iain McGill, animal welfare campaigner and writer Dominic Dyer and broadcaster Kevin Se no’Sullivan.
More than 27,000 cattle were slaughtered last year to curb the spread of the infectious disease, Defra said.