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James Tweedie. Sputnik International
Government ministry Defra sentenced Geronimo to death after twice testing positive for tuberculosis, an infectious lung disease. But his owner and other animal welfare activists – some linked to the controversial Afghan animal shelter boss Pen Farthing – had vowed to fight his execution to the bitter end.
The cops in the west have grabbed Geronimo, the destructive alpaca to take him down, despite attempts by “human shields” to save his woolly skin.
A video post on Twitter by activists showed officers from the Avon and Somerset forces deploying to a field as they attempted to retrieve the furry fugitive from McDonald’s Farm.
The aptly named Defra – the Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – had ordered the killing of New Zealand-born Geronimo after he tested positive twice for tuberculosis (TB ). A judicial review brought by its owner Helen McDonald failed to secure a stay for the animal.
“We can confirm that officers are present this morning at a farm in the Wickwar area of South Gloucestershire to support the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), which is executing an arrest warrant,” Avon and Somerset Police said in a statement.
Animal welfare activist Dominic Dyer said there was media and a “human shield” of protesters there to protect “the world’s most famous animal”, defying authorities: “Let the government try to kill this innocent animal!”
Activist vet Dr Iain McGill later tweeted that Geronimo was still alive in custody and urged “civil disobedience by all means” to save him.
Dyer and McGill both revealed they were involved in the widely criticized “Operation Ark” charter flight to evacuate 158 cats and dogs from Royal Marine’s former Nowzad “Pen” Farthing animal shelter in the Afghan capital Kabul – all leaving his vets, nurses, and other staff behind while the plane’s seats were empty.