The BBC confirmed today that it has suspended coverage of the Crufts dog show in 2009 pending further investigations into the health and well being of pedigree dogs in the UK.
The BBC recognises that the Kennel Club is taking significant steps to address these problems by introducing changes to the breed standards which will be in place from the beginning of 2009 as well as other new health plans which are currently under development.
The BBC remains keen to continue discussions with the Kennel Club with a view to reviewing the effects of these changes.
The BBC is also interested in reviewing the findings of the independent report that The Kennel Club is co-sponsoring with the Dogs Trust in 2009 ahead of possible discussions about the resumption of Crufts coverage in the future.
The BBC decision follows the broadcast of the programme Pedigree Dogs Exposed on BBC One in August this year which [...]
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