Daily Mail published this video item, entitled “Geronimo alpaca owner calls on policy-makers to use facts after death” – below is their description.
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A fresh row broke out today over whether Geronimo had bovine tuberculosis after the alpaca’s owner claimed the initial findings of the post-mortem showed no signs of the disease – but the Government insisted this was wrong. Eight days after the animal was removed from veterinary nurse Helen Macdonald’s farm near Wickwar in South Gloucestershire on August 31, conflicting conclusions from the examination have been presented by each side. Miss Macdonald said the preliminary post-mortem findings were ‘negative for visible lesions typical of bovine tuberculosis’, but in stark contrast the Chief Veterinary Officer said that ‘a number of TB-like lesions were found’. Today, Miss MacDonald called on Environment Secretary George Eustice to resign as she gathered with supporters outside the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs building in London, chanting: ‘Shame on Defra’. Miss Macdonald received a copy of the preliminary findings of the examination from the Government’s Legal Department after requesting the paperwork, and it was then reviewed by veterinary surgeons supporting her. Surrounded by her supporters in Westminster this afternoon (centre) amid a vocal demonstration, Miss Macdonald (left) called on Environment Secretary George Eustice to resign.Daily Mail YouTube Channel
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