Animal rights protestors and various alpacas are because of descend on Downing Avenue in a bid to avoid wasting one other alpaca, Geronimo, from execution.
Geronimo, who’s six, has twice examined constructive for bovine tuberculosis and is ready to be euthanised.
The Division of Meals, Atmosphere and Rural Affairs (Defra) ordered he be put down, and Geronimo’s proprietor, Helen Macdonald, not too long ago misplaced her closing enchantment on the Excessive Court docket in London to avoid wasting her beloved animal.
Ms Macdonald, who imported Geronimo from New Zealand, believes the bovine tuberculosis exams have been returning false positives however has refused to have him examined a 3rd time.
There was an outpouring of help from the general public to avoid wasting the condemned alpaca, with greater than 90,000 individuals signing a petition calling on Boris Johnson to cease the killing.
Protesters and a gaggle of alpacas, who’ve been educated to stroll with individuals and are snug round crowds, are anticipated to assemble outdoors Defra’s headquarters, in Westminster, at 2pm on Monday earlier than marching to the gates of Downing Avenue.
The demo has been organised by members of the Born Free Basis, the Alpaca Society, and practising vet and bovine TB coverage professional Dr Iain McGil.
The teams consider that Geronimo is freed from TB and Defra’s exams are extremely inaccurate, and are demanding a distinct sort of take a look at is used to show his illness standing earlier than his dying.
Campaigners need the prime minister to drive Atmosphere Secretary George Eustice to halt the killing and implement the newest bovine TB exams for all suspected instances.
Talking earlier than the protest, Dominic Dyer, from the Born Free Basis, mentioned: “Defra has identified for a few years that the TB pores and skin take a look at may very well be resulting in false constructive TB ends in alpacas.
“Nonetheless moderately than enable Geronimo to be examined for TB utilizing a extra correct Actiphage PCR blood take a look at, Defra secretary George Eustice continues to order his dying to keep away from larger scrutiny over the various failures within the authorities’s bovine TB management coverage in cattle, alpacas, and badgers.”
Badgers have fallen sufferer to the battle in opposition to the illness, with mass culling launched to cease the unfold of bovine TB since 2013, and demonstrators wish to see an finish to all cull licences in favour of a vaccination programme.
Writing within the Mail on Sunday, Mr Eustice mentioned: “Farmers perceive that contaminated animals are a threat to the rest of their herd, so whereas the lack of particular person animals is at all times a tragedy, the farming communities have labored with our Authorities vets on this arduous however needed endeavour.”
Ms Macdonald has threatened to movie the final moments of her alpaca’s life if the killing goes forward and broadcast it on social media.