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BBC defends new pet present as controversial working title is scrapped


he BBC has denied {that a} programme which was given the working title of Will My Puppies Make Me Wealthy? is a “how one can” information on how one can exploit animals for revenue as a petition in opposition to the present reaches virtually 170,000 signatures.

In an announcement, the broadcaster mentioned the welfare of animals “is of the utmost significance” and the goal of the programme is to not encourage individuals to breed canine themselves.

The BBC mentioned on Friday the working title has now been scrapped and the sequence will as a substitute be referred to as Britain’s Pet Increase: Counting The Price to keep away from “ambiguity round what the content material is perhaps”.

The petition states concern about how the present is perhaps considered  as a ‘how-to-guide’ to purchase canine solely solely to breed and earn cash.


Some puppies at Battersea Canines Dwelling

/ Battersea Canines Dwelling )

Discussing the programme’s new identify, the BBC assertion mentioned: “We predict that title makes clearer the BBC’s and the programme’s intentions.”

It added: “Lots has been mentioned and written on-line about this future programme.

“If the BBC have been making a programme about how one can exploit animals for revenue, then that may be a trigger for concern.

“The truth is slightly completely different. The BBC will not be making such a programme and by no means supposed to.”

The BBC Three programme shall be an exploration of why extra younger individuals have change into enthusiastic about skilled canine breeding.

“It is not going to be a ‘how one can’ information. It’s not about encouraging individuals to get into breeding. Neither is it an try and glamorise breeding,” the BBC mentioned.

The BBC Three present was commissioned after profitable a contest on the Sheffield Doc/Fest competition.

The BBC mentioned it “condemns the private assaults which have been directed in direction of the younger ladies who pitched the concept of the documentary”.

“They don’t seem to be canine breeders however felt the topic was an fascinating one to sort out because of the rise in demand for canine over the previous few months.”

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