We told you the background of a very expensive New Zealand alpaca, imported in 2017 in this posting - [link]
After twice testing clear of zTB in his country of origin, this animal tested positive in the UK, and thus began his owner's fight against authority.
But after a High Court hearing, Devon Live reports that Geronimo - [link] has lost the battle.
Another casualty of Defra's non policy of the eradication of zoonotic Tuberculosis.
"We’ve gone TB free. In theory we are now onto annual testing for the first time in 10 years. For the first six years of that, each year the TB got worse then the cull started in our area. Since then our incidence of TB has dropped year on year here with us going clear in the spring three years in a row only to fail in autumn, but with less cases each time.Then this February we went clear and now our 2 inconclusives have gone clear this autumn meaning we haven’t had a cow with TB for 14 months.So if proof was needed that the cull has a place in the eradication of TB we are living proof of it.
So today I have mixed feelings. I’m elated that we in theory don’t have to put our stock through the misery of testing for a whole yr.
But I’m also angry. Angry at the NFU and MAFF for allowing this insidious disease to spread when it was so very nearly eradicated. Angry at our politicians for designating the badger a protected species without considering the consequences it would have on the balance of the countryside and those of us who derive a living from it.Badgers , hedgehogs, ground nesting birds have all suffered as a direct result of this interference.Lastly I’m angry at those, how ever well meaning, who think the life of a badger is worth more than the life of one of my cows.
To you I say congratulations for the misery you have cause many people and cattle over the last number of yrs and not forgetting the infected badgers who have been suffering and playing their part in spreading this devastating disease within their community and beyond.I hope you have the decency to admit and reflect on the role you have played in its spread at a time when maybe just maybe we are getting to grips with it."