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Geronimo the alpaca – the case for animals having the same legal rights as people

By Fred Motson, Lecturer in Law, The Open University
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The fate of Geronimo the alpaca was seemingly sealed in the UK’s high court recently when the appeal against an order to slaughter him was rejected.

After twice testing positive for bovine tuberculosis (TB), Geronimo’s death was ordered by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) back in 2017, with that order upheld in the latest high-court decision. A legal challenge by Helen Macdonald, Geronimo’s owner, had delayed the implementation of the order, and


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