Wednesday, 15 February 2012

The waiting is almost over....

Pedigree Dogs Exposed - three years on - is confirmed for Monday 27 February on BBC Four at 9.00-10.00pm

I quote from the BBC website:
In 2008 Pedigree Dogs Exposed lifted the lid on the true extent of the health and welfare problems faced by pedigree dogs in the UK.


Laura Patricia said...

Part of me is dreading this follow up, and the potential backlash it might cause. I remember, after the first one, a lot of people who had never taken any interest in canine issues before, suddenly becoming experts, based on the one hour of television they had seen. I think it did a lot of damage that way, as well as a lot of good.

However, I am heartened by the fact that she will "look at the positive changes that have been introduced since the first film". I hope she does; that she will give them due time and appreciation. After all, isn't the first rule in dog training to reward good behaviour?

I know there's still a long way to go towards the ideal situation, but let's hope that she acknowledges the steps that have been taken so far.

Can't wait to see how it's turned out.

Chapstaff said...

I'm really looking forward to watching this. I doubt any significant changes will have come about, sadly. If that is the case I hope Jemima isn't too disillusioned, I'm hoping she'll get her teeth into the puppy farm industry next.

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Barbara Barganska said...

3 years is, in most cases, just one canine generation, so there can be very little change in the dogs themselves in that short length of time and it would be unfair to suggest that was possible.

Changes that are possible are for changes in what breeders aim to do, with the tools available to them, to solve problems that have been identified, and for teh Kennnel club to strongly encourage and help with this.

So I do hope we don't get lots of pictures of the same breeds saying look nothing has changed. Wholesale change in physical characteristics that are too exaggerated in soem breeds will take several generations, and it would have made more sense to have a follow up film 10 years from the first.

This one should have concentrated on the huge issue of commercial over production of puppies,and their consequent often all too casual purchase.

These dogs are bred by Licensed and unlicensed breeders, in battery systems totally unsuited to companion animals destined to live in our homes, who don't consider health, temperament or any form of breed standard, and sell to anyone with the money to buy, often naive new owners, many buying on a whim, who have not given serious enough thought to including a dog in their lives.

This then leads onto the issue of lack of long term responsibility and the throw away attitude towards our pets, which has in large part contributed to the rescue crisis.

Sarah said...

Very much looking forward to this! I'm hoping it will be done properly.

dalriach said...

There is an a article about the new programme in Radio Times this week, based on an interview with Jemima. According to the article, the new film is "scarcely less devastating in its conclusions" than the original Pedigree Dogs Exposed