New Zealand authorities confirmed plans on Monday to slaughter roughly 150,000 cows in attempt to eliminate a strain of disease-causing bacteria which threatens the nation's economy.
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.
The recently cropped-up bacteria strain has been found on 38 New Zealand farms thus far and, according to officials, is expected to spread.
24,000 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.
The bodies of cows killed are set to be sold as meat, buried, or dumped in landfills.
Should a farmer protest the slaughter, New Zealand authorities can legally force the process.
Prime 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.
Federated 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'.
It is unclear whether she made any mention of the 150,000 cows set to die as part of the eradication attempt.
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