Fighting on for Geronimo

Helen Macdonald of Alpaca Power, owner of Geronimo, a black stud male imported from New Zealand, has been fighting a legal battle to prevent his slaughter. This is her statement on recent developments.

It is with extreme disappointment that we must report that, on 13 November 2019, the Court of Appeal refused our application for permission to appeal the High Court’s Order dated 9 July 2019. This means that the Court of Appeal has refused to even hear Geronimo’s case. As such, the Secretary of State’s decision to slaughter Geronimo stands and we have no further right to appeal the decision in an English court, although we are considering an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

Needless to say, we find both decisions utterly confounding. According to the reasoning of the Court of Appeal, the Minister was “reasonably entitled” to conclude that it was unnecessary for further tests to be carried out on Geronimo because to permit this in circumstances where an animal had already tested positive twice for bovine tuberculosis (bTB) would “lead to dispute in numerous cases and would unnecessarily disrupt and undermine the testing regime.”

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