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07 November 2001
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) is seeking the help of Canterbury farmers and other livestock owners to track down the origins of the feed that killed the Sumatran Tiger at Wellington Zoo.
Says Director Animal Products MAF Food Assurance Authority, Dr Tony Zohrab: "We are interested in events from the past three months, in all Canterbury livestock owners who have had a vet euthanase either a horse or cattle. We are asking all such Canterbury livestock owners to call 04 474 4156 or 04 498 9809 (collect, during office hours) and report the incident."
Dr Zohrab said MAF was also actively considering asking Canterbury vets to identify horses or cows they had euthanased in the same time period.
He said that MAF was DNA testing the meat eaten by the tiger in order to establish whether it was horse or cow, and with the intention of using test results to help identify the specific origins of the pet food that killed the tiger.
For more information contact:
Tony Zohrab, Director Animal Products, MAF Food Assurance Authority or
Anthony Keesing, MAF Director Corporate Communications