Woman loses High Court bid to save her Alpaca from being slaughtered

An alpaca is set to be slaughtered after his owner lost a High Court bid to save him.

Geronimo, the animal twice tested positive for bovine tuberculosis and, as a result, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has ordered its destruction.

His owner Helen Macdonald, who owns a farm at Wickwar, South Gloucestershire, has received an outpouring of support from the public, with more than 130,000 people signing a petition calling on Boris Johnson to halt the killing.

Ms Macdonald, who imported Geronimo from New Zealand, believes the tests are returning false positives, but has been refused permission to have him tested a third time.

Earlier this month she lost her final appeal to save her beloved pet at the High Court in London and a warrant was signed for his destruction.

The law firm representing Geronimo’s owner Helen Macdonald said they were ‘deeply disappointed’ with the outcome of the hearing on Wednesday.

Olephant Solicitors said: ‘Mrs Justice Stacey did not grant the injunction we were seeking, the result of which is that the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) can enforce the warrant to execute Geronimo at any time after 4.30pm on Thursday 19th August 2021.’

However, the court gave Ms Macdonald the opportunity to make her own arrangements for Geronimo’s destruction.