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authorities confirmed plans on Monday to slaughter roughly 150,000 cows in
attempt to eliminate a strain of disease-causing bacteria which threatens the
Mycoplasma bovis can cause such
ailments as mastitis, pneumonia, and arthritis.
Already present in the US and
Europe, it has never been successfully eradicated before.
recently cropped-up bacteria strain has been found on 38 New Zealand farms thus
far and, according to officials, is expected to spread.
animals have already been killed in the launch of a mass-scale slaughter which
will cost the country an estimated $886 million NZD – and won’t necessarily spare healthy animals.
of cows killed are set to be sold as meat, buried, or dumped in
farmer protest the slaughter, New Zealand authorities can legally force the process.
Minister Jacinda Ardern have made it clear the aim of the slaughter is to
protect New Zealand’s economy, which reportedly relies heavily on the animals’ deaths and exploitation.
Farmers National President Katie Milne said the process represents a ‘rough
time’ for the farmers, adding that they ‘have to support them as neighbours,
community members, farmers, friends’.
unclear whether she made any mention of the 150,000 cows set to die as part of
the eradication attempt.