I was gutted when I heard the news that the BBC, our country-and-beyond’s primary public information service had dropped Crufts.
But not just for the Kennel Club, for they’ve proved that they’re a strong bunch who will continue to bounce back from all this recent negativity and name-calling.
I was gutted for all those dogs in rescue shelters whose odds of being re-homed in the spring have just been slashed from about 2/1 to 1000/1; the equivalent of a small second-hand car garage having their 3-minute advert in that break before they announce the X-factor winner removed, and ironically depriving exactly the same number of excited viewers in the cruel process.
We all know that Crufts is more than a dog show. It’s a celebration of dog-ownership, highlighting all the positive aspects of canine companionship to a massive targeted audience of potential dog owners worldwide.
Credit crunch means our shelters are overflowing – it can only get much worse now. And if the BBC’s main reason is animal cruelty then I look forward to next year’s Grand National being dropped too; or better still according to BBC’s new censorship rules (excluding certain breeds, Brand/Ross), how about only allowing those horses to race who definitely won’t fall?