08 January 2021 22:51
Pooch Perfect comes under fire from upset BBC fans - before its even started The new show is hosted by Sheridan Smith The BBC's brand new series, Pooch Perfect, is set to launch on Thursday night – but already it has caused quite a stir. Hosted by Sheridan Smith, the show sees dogs undergo makeovers in the hunt to find the best dog groomer in the country. But following the release of the trailer, a number of people have expressed their concern about the premise of the programme. MORE: Who is Sheridan Smith's partner Jamie Horn? The teaser shows one dog with bright blue ears after having its fur dyed by one of the 16 professional groomers.
Unsurprisingly, it hasn't gone down well with animal welfare charity, the RSPCA, which has shared its worry that viewers could see dogs as "fashion accessories". VIDEO: Watch the trailer for Pooch Perfect RSPCA dog welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines told HELLO!: "The RSPCA is very pleased that there was a veterinarian and an animal welfare consultant involved early on in the production and present throughout the filming. This specific expertise is critical in helping safeguard the welfare of animals used in these types of programmes. MORE: Meet the cast of BBC's Traces "Grooming is an essential part of responsible dog ownership and we look forward to the inclusion of information within the programme highlighting how this can impact on a dog's health and happiness such as their movement, how easily they can see and breathe, and how they stay cool. Sadly, the importance of dogs' appearances has already come at the expense of dog welfare and many breeds now suffer from serious health conditions as a result of the way they've been bred to look a certain way.
It's important that programmes like this do not further perpetuate the idea that dogs are ours to objectify and treat as toys or fashion accessories." The BBC has since defended the new show. "Throughout the filming of Pooch Perfect, the care and wellbeing of the dogs was of the upmost importance," a spokesperson confirmed. "On set we had an RSPCA approved Animal Welfare Consultant, a Grooming Consultant, and a Vet, to ensure that we put every precaution in place to keep the dogs safe and well. Pooch Perfect airs on 7 January on BBC One at 8pm "Every owner was asked if they were happy for their dogs to have some temporary colour put on them. MORE: BBC's The Capture teases plot for series two "All the products used were animal safe and temporary and they were used by professional groomers who have great experience of handling and managing dogs." Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday said that "the entire White House" condemns the mob of President Trump supporters that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. "What we saw yesterday was a group of violent rioters undermining the legitimate First Amendment rights of the many thousands who came to peacefully have their voices heard at our nation's Capitol. Those who violently besieged our Capitol are the opposite of everything this administration stands for," McEnany said. McEnany gave the evening press statement from the White House briefing room as calls for Trump to resign or be ousted mounted. McEnany said that the White House fully condemns the riot. "I am here to deliver this message on behalf of the entire White House. Let me be clear, the violence we saw yesterday at our nation's Capitol was appalling, reprehensible and antithetical to the American way," McEnany said. "We condemn it — the president and this administration — in the strongest possible terms. McEnany likened the pillaging to anti-police-brutality riots outside the White House in May and June. "We thank our valiant law enforcement officers who are true American heroes." McEnany said "the core value of our administration is the idea that all citizens have the right to live in safety peace and freedom. Now it is time for America to unite to come together to reject the violence that we have seen. McEnany, who walked off without taking any questions from reporters, spoke after thousands of Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol and disrupted certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The mayhem followed a speech near the White House where Trump told supporters that the election was stolen from him and that they should march on the Capitol. One Trump supporter, Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, was fatally shot by a policeman while attempting to break through a barricaded interior office window. Three others died during medical emergencies amid the chaos, police said. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Thursday became the first Trump Cabinet member to announce her resignation over the rampage. Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whose Capitol office was besieged as cops battled Trump supporters feet away. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who will soon become majority leader, urged the Cabinet and Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office before the official Jan. 20 handover to Biden. The violence did not prevent Congress from certifying Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win, which was made official early Thursday. Many Trump White House officials quit their jobs after the Capitol break-in. The stream of defections began with first lady Melania Trump's chief of staff Stephanie Grisham, who previously was White House press secretary. Also quitting were White House spokeswoman Sarah Matthew, former acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who was Trump's envoy to Northern Ireland, and Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger.