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Stacey Solomon's TV show hit with over 1,500 animal cruelty complaints

Emma Guinness

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Stacey Solomon's TV show hit with over 1,500 animal cruelty complaints

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Stacey Solomon might just have welcomed her latest bundle of joy, but life isn't exactly plain sailing for the media personality, whose new show has been hit with a barrage of complaints.

This is because in a recent episode of the BBC series Sort Your Life Out, Solomon made a suggestion about rabbit care that resulted in a whopping 1,500 animal cruelty complaints to Ofcom. Check out the trailer for the show below:

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Solomon, 33, who is now a mum-of-five, helps families struggling with clutter in the show, and in this episode, it was the turn of the Fall family.

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They wanted to create an outdoor space for the animals, but unfortunately, Solomon appeared to get it very wrong in her bid to help them sort their lives out.

The family pet rabbits were previously living in a large, indoor run in a conservatory - meeting all of the recommended animal welfare standards.

The rabbits were moved from their large indoor home into a much smaller hutch. Credit: BBC
The rabbits were moved from their large indoor home into a much smaller hutch. Credit: BBC

However, in the episode, Solomon decides to move them into a much smaller outdoor hutch.

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As is recommended by the RSPCA, rabbits should have 'a large living area and a secure shelter where they can rest, feel safe and are protected from predators, extremes of weather and temperature.'

While this was certainly the case before Solomon's involvement, after it, they appeared to get a serious downgrade, and this did not go unnoticed by online commentators.

The hutch has been the subject of online controversy. Credit: BBC / Sort Your Life Out
The hutch has been the subject of online controversy. Credit: BBC / Sort Your Life Out

Reacting to the change of home, one Twitter user slammed: "Was very disappointed to see rabbits moved from a lovely indoor run to an unsuitable tiny hutch on Stacey Solomon's show last night.

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"They also moved the cats [sic] litter box without consideration for the cat. I think they need an animal welfare advisor!"

A second agreed, adding: "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."

"As someone who claims to love pets I'm extremely disappointed to see you moving two rabbits from an inside large enclosure to a tiny outside hutch, which is not an appropriate house for rabbits," wrote a third.

Rabbits need large enclosures with plenty of enrichment. Credit: Alamy / Thitimon Toyai
Rabbits need large enclosures with plenty of enrichment. Credit: Alamy / Thitimon Toyai
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A fourth suggested that the narration should have been changed from describing the hutch as a 'home' and instead refer to it as a 'prison'.

The Rabbit Welfare Association and Trust encouraged viewers to complain.

The organisation wrote: "Before we comment any more, we want to make it clear that we think that this is the Production company's responsibility, not the presenter, and we won't allow any comments against Stacey Solomon.

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"The Production company should have done their research."

They added: "We have contacted the Production company for a response. With regards to the ridiculous response from the BBC to ours, and everyone else's complaint, you can follow this up via the same link on their website with the previous complaint case number to hand."

Tyla has reached out to the BBC and Stacey Solomon's representatives for further comment.

Topics: Animals, Entertainment, Stacey Solomon

Emma Guinness
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