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He has already become this summer’s cause célèbre, but now backers of doomed alpaca Geronimo really can wear their support on their sleeves.
The marked-for-death mammal is now the face of t-shirts and bags on special merchandise devoted to him.
An official online store has gone live selling ‘Save Geronimo’ branded goods.
It was launched yesterday, with the animal’s owner Helen MacDonald, 50, announcing it on Geronimo’s Facebook page.
Geronimo the alpaca has been designated for culling by Defra after TB test positive
Owner Helen is now selling T-shirts and bags to fund the animal’s campaign for justice
Geronimo with Helen, who wants to meet the Government to discuss saving the alpaca
The merchandise range offers men, women, and children’s t-shirts, branded with a drawing of Geronimo’s face, and the words SaveGeronimo underneath.
Adult-sized t-shirts cost £20 and are available in either grey, purple, or light blue, while the children’s t-shirts are offered in either pink or white, and cost £14.
The merch store also offers cream-coloured tote bags with the same design on them, for £10.
T-shirts and bags have been designed by custom t-shirt brand Teemill, which creates merch from organic cotton in a renewable energy-powered factory.
Helen, from Wickwar, Glos., posted a link to the online store on Geronimo’s Facebook page on Thursday, writing: “Introducing the Save Geronimo shop.
The plight of the animal has become a national outrage as supporters want him to live
The T-shirts cost £20 each and there are also bags available for £10 from Helen’s store
“We have seen many requests for #savegeronimo t-shirts so here are the details of how you can further support the Save Geronimo campaign.”
And the Facebook post has already been inundated with over 100 comments from people confirming they have placed their orders for a t-shirt or a bag – or both.
The website also encourages shoppers to post selfies of themselves sporting their Geronimo merch to social media, using the hashtag SaveGeronimo.
And it assures customers that all proceeds from the store will go towards Geronimo’s campaign fund for justice.
Last week, Helen called Geronimo “the most famous animal in the world”, in a Tweet that also accused the government of “ignoring me and inflicting mental harm on my family”.
She has called for an urgent meeting with the Government as time runs out for him to be culled.
Geronimo has twice tested positive for bovine tuberculosis and owner Helen Macdonald, 50, who farms alpacas at her home in Wickwar, South Gloucestershire, believes the tests are returning false positives.
The destruction warrant is valid until September 4 and Ms Macdonald wants the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to allow Geronimo to be tested for a third time or let him live to aid research into the disease.
‘With just over a week left on Geronimo’s death warrant, we are still trying to work constructively with Defra on this,’ Ms Macdonald said.
Source: Daily Mail