The BBC has been pressured to take motion after an episode of Stacey Solomon’s Kind Your Life Out was slapped with over 1,500 Ofcom complaints.
The broadcaster needed to determine whether or not or to not withhold the complaints that got here from viewers who have been involved in regards to the security of some rabbits in an episode of the present that aired in February.
The TV present, which sees presenter Stacey assist households to declutter and take advantage of out of their dwelling area, sparked large backlash after the mum-of-five determined to maneuver the household’s pet rabbits into an outside hutch fairly than protecting them inside of their conservatory.
Birmingham Reside studies that viewers and animal charities flooded the present with complaints of alleged animal cruelty. The Rabbit Welfare Belief’s web site says: “As a part of our A Hutch is Not Sufficient marketing campaign, we give info to house owners to permit them to offer their rabbits what they should lead wholesome and contented lives.
“It’s heartening to know that making certain the welfare of animals is protected by regulation, beneath the Animal Welfare Act 2006.”
The positioning says: “Preserving rabbits in a hutch would by no means allow an proprietor to fulfill these welfare wants. Rabbits must be housed in a protected and enclosed space of 3m x 2m x 1m excessive.
“The hutch, or sleeping space, varieties part of this complete area, which must also embody gadgets of enrichment resembling a digging tray, tunnels and so forth. The hutch ought to by no means be the only lodging for rabbits, they want fixed (and meaning 24/7) entry to the broader general area to permit them to train at will.
“Giving your rabbits entry to all or a part of a safe backyard for ‘free working’ classes is nice however that is along with our minimal dimension suggestions, not as a substitute of.”
Following an official assessment, it has been reported by the BBC that the complaints are “not being upheld”. The present was due to this fact discovered not responsible of cruelty to animals. In the meantime, earlier this month it was revealed that the programme has been commissioned for a 3rd collection.
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