The BBC reveals its decision after reviewing complaints about Sorting Your Life to Stacey Solomon
The BBC has released a public response to complaints about Sorting Your Life Out – after more than 1,500 people reached out to share their concerns about animal cruelty on the show.
Last month, the series – which airs on BBC One – was the target of a backlash after Stacey suggested moving the family’s pet rabbits to an outside hut.
The host suggested moving the rabbits from the large conservatory to the garden to make more space in the house while they tried to “de-clutter.”
But viewers were angered by the move and argued the huts were not acceptable homes for rabbits, complaining to the BBC.
Having now issued a decision, the broadcaster confirmed that in reviewing the complaints, they considered Stacy’s suggestion of a “safe and secure place” for the animal.
Investigated: The BBC has revealed its decision after reviewing 1,500 complaints from viewers about “animal cruelty” on Stacey Solomon’s Sort Your Life Out
Uh-oh: Last month, the series – which airs on BBC One – was the target of a backlash after Stacey suggested moving the family’s pet rabbits to an outside hut
Outrage: Viewers were outraged by the move and argued the huts were not acceptable homes for rabbits, complaining to the BBC
Addressing the complaints, the BBC’s response states: ‘Pet family rabbits usually live outside and only live indoors for a short period of time after they have been neutered. So they are accustomed to living in the garden.
The rabbits have full access to a spacious, enclosed garden to roam in, with the hutch being a place for them to come and go as they please during the day, as well as a safe and secure place to sleep at night. “
The investigation came after several fans took to Twitter to share their disagreement with her decision on the show.
‘Love love @StaceySolomon but so disappointed that Sort Your Life Out showed rabbits go from a nice spacious indoor track to a cramped outdoor hut, cages are never enough,’ said one.
Another wrote: “I am so disappointed with the decision to rehome the family’s pet rabbits to #SortYourLifeOut. @StaceySolomon You need to research the suffering endured by thousands of pet rabbits in tiny cages.
A third exasperated: “I hope @StaceySolomon is now properly educated to care for and terrify rabbits because she doomed those rabbits to live in a cage.”
Their need for space as sporting animals is far more important than “de-cluttering” a human’s living area. We hope you take steps to remedy it.
While a fourth echoed: “Make your life in order with StaceySolomon is very disappointing as a bunny owner.” Do your research! They have moved from a more or less decent house to an inadequately sized cottage.
“It’s things like this that hold the bunny community back as we try to show others that #ahutchisnotenough.”
A fifth agreed, writing: “BBC, please check the welfare of the rabbits. #SortYourLifeOut just shows the sheer lack of knowledge and cruelty of putting those rabbits in a tiny cage.”
Absolutely awful @StaceySolomon and @bbcthree. The latest episode of Rank Your Life is a shame. Those poor bunnies. A cage is never enough.
Next time follow RabbitRWAF’s guidelines for the proper size of rabbit housing. This is very short. It’s animal abuse!
The Rabbit Welfare Association and Trust shared the story and encouraged viewers to file a complaint.
But they also added, “Before we comment any longer, we want to make it clear that we believe this is the responsibility of the production company, not the presenter, and we will not allow any comments against Stacy Solomon.”
The move: Stacey suggested moving the rabbits from the large conservatory to the garden to create more space in the house
Angry: But when the episode aired earlier this month, viewers were outraged by the move and argued that the huts were not acceptable homes for rabbits.
Complaints: They took to social media to complain and to ask the BBC and Stacey to do more research into rabbit care
“The production company should have done their research.”
The BBC responded to complaints from fans by explaining that rabbits usually live outside and “accommodate” to the garden.
They added: ‘The rabbits have full access to a spacious, enclosed garden to run around in, with the hutch being a place to come and go as they please during the day, as well as a safe place for them to sleep. at night.”
The series – which follows Stacey and her team as they help families put their homes in order – received 1,502 complaints to the BBC.
Defence: The Rabbit Welfare Association and Trust have shared the story and encouraged viewers to lodge a complaint with Ofcom, while defending Stacey