A seven-week-old Dachshund cross pet (Image: Christopher Furlong/Getty Photos)
The programme, BBC states, will ‘take a look at a few of the 20-somethings seeking to launch new companies breeding designer canines’, contemplating the price of puppies has been ‘doubling within the final six months due to Covid-19’.
The Royal Society for the Safety of Animals (RSPCA) stated that the organisation – in addition to a number of others – have written a joint letter to these behind the documentary to ask them to ‘rethink’ it, as they’re afraid it may ‘encourage and glamorise breeding’.
In a press release, the RSPCA stated: ‘We’re conscious of this programme and are involved that this can be very irresponsible to encourage and glamorise breeding as a “get wealthy fast” scheme which, in flip, may result in critical canine welfare points and gasoline the unlawful pet commerce.
‘Together with various different animal welfare and veterinary organisations who shared our considerations, we’ve written a joint letter to the programme creators and BBC Three urging them to rethink.’
A number of celebrities have voiced their opposition to the programme, whereas a petition has additionally been launched calling for manufacturing on it to stop.
On the time of writing, the petition had gained over 160,000 signatures on Change.org.
In a post shared on Instagram, comic and tv presenter Paul O’Grady warned that in his opinion, the programme ‘solely encourages pet farming’, including: ‘I solely hope that the BBC involves their senses and takes it off air instantly.’
‘It’s a little bit of a fear when the brilliant sparks at BBC3 imagine that is appropriate viewing,’ he wrote.
‘You don’t maintain a canine to generate profits off it. I’ve seen what extreme breeding does and it’s pitiful. Disgrace on you.’
In a statement, the BBC stated the programme is an ‘observational documentary’ that ‘doesn’t glamorise canine breeding’.
‘It responsibly examines the rising rise of younger individuals getting into the enterprise and highlights the significance of excellent animal welfare, coaching and licensing,’ the BBC stated.
‘The manufacturing crew are working intently with animal specialists all through to tell the viewers of what constitutes good and unhealthy observe.’
The BBC added that the title of the present might be modified.