BBC Home Makeover Show Receives Over 1,500 Complaints of Animal Cruelty

A BBC home makeover show, Sort Your Life Out, has received more than 1,500 complaints from viewers concerned about the treatment of animals on a recent episode. The complaints arose after the show aired a scene that depicted a family’s companion rabbits being moved from a large indoor enclosure to an outdoor hutch to free up space within the home. Viewers and animal welfare organizations, including the Rabbit Welfare Association and Trust, took issue with the rabbits being moved to outdoor hutches, which have been identified as unsuitable environments for rabbits. Following complaints, the BBC released the following statement: “​​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.”