Stacey Solomon BBC show accused of cruelty after rabbits are homed in hutch

Stacey Solomon 's Sort Your Life out viewers have slammed the BBC show and accused it of broadcasting animal cruelty after it some rabbits were homed in a small hutch.

The BBC was forced to respond after animal welfare charities piled in, saying it was "unbelievable" and "disappointing".

On the show, the Fall family were seen to have been keeping their rabbits in the conservatory, so it was decided that a space would be made outside for them.

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But when a small two-levelled hutch was presented, viewers were left fuming and branding it "completely unsuitable".

One person said: "Not impressed with your understanding of rabbit welfare, please find out and present a better life for rabbits so people can learn and not inflict cruelty on them. Really disappointed as it was a great opportunity to educate people."

Another fumed: "Disgusting treatment of rabbits on last night's Sort Your Life Out. I have two free roam house rabbits and to think of them stuck in this crate makes me feel physically sick."

Meanwhile, the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals tweeted: "Very disappointed with the decision on rehousing the family pet rabbits on Sort Your Life Out. Stacey Solomon – you need to research the suffering endured by thousands of pet rabbits in small hutches."

And the rabbit rescue organisation Save A Fluff said that the BBC shouldn't be broadcasting a hutch when they are "detrimental to rabbit health".

Responding to complaints, the BBC told Metro that "the family's pet rabbits usually live outside and were only living indoors for a short period of time after being neutered".

The statement went on: "They are therefore acclimatised to living in the garden.

"The rabbits have full access to a wide, enclosed garden to roam around in, with the hutch being a place to come and go as they please during the day, as well as a safe and secure space for them to sleep in at night."


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