George Eustice defends decision to cull alpaca Geronimo as ‘arduous but necessary’

George Eustice defends decision to cull alpaca Geronimo as ‘arduous but necessary’

Environment secretary says bovine tuberculosis test used on animal ‘over 99% accurate’

Environment secretary George Eustice said it is an “arduous but necessary endeavour” to cull animals that test positive for bovine tuberculosis (bTB), as he defended the decision to put down Geronimo the alpaca.

Helen Macdonald’s animal has been ordered for destruction after twice testing positive for the disease, but she has repeatedly questioned the tests used to condemn him.

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