Monday, December 15, 2008

BBC Cancels Crufts Coverage

This has been an interesting story to keep up with to say the least, but the British Broadcasting Corporation has kept good with its threat to drop the broadcast of the prestigious Crufts Dog Show. Here's an excerpt from UK's The Guardian: Crufts will not be televised by the BBC next year after the Kennel Club refused to accept the broadcaster's "insupportable conditions" for certain breeds of pedigree dog to be excluded from the show.
The club said yesterday it had "regrettably" suspended its 46-year relationship with the BBC because the corporation had failed to take account of the measures it had introduced to improve the health of pedigree dogs or the fact that judges would ensure that only healthy animals would be awarded prizes.
The move follows the screening of a BBC documentary in August
[Pedigree Dogs Exposed] that claimed that the breeding process used to produce pedigree dogs had resulted in a high incidence of inherited genetic disease.
The club said it could not discuss which breeds it had been asked to exclude, but they are thought to include: basset hounds, clumber spaniels, dogues de Bordeaux, mastiffs, neapolitan mastiffs, pekingese, rottweilers, shar-peis, St Bernards, chow chows, and bulldogs.
Dachshunds have not been mentioned at this point.
Read more at The Guardian. He said: Kennel Club UK article. She said: BBC article.

Related: Dachshund News Roundup! with link to watch Pedigree Dogs Exposed

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