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RSPCA urges TV boycott.

THE RSPCA has urged viewers to boycott Channel Five's rural reality show The Farm after a scene in which a contestant extracted semen from a pig.

The charity condemned the antics of David Beckham's former assistant Rebecca Loos as ``morbid and sordid'' after the programme showed her stimulating a boar as she collected a flask of semen to inseminate sows.

``The RSPCA is urging people to avoid watching the show and to complain to the programme makers, the broadcaster and Ofcom, '' a spokesman said.

Dr Julia Wrathall, head of the RSPCA's farm animals department, added: ``Good husbandry requires skill, knowledge, experience and rigorous training.

``There is a real risk of causing distress and suffering to the animals involved.

``Some of the antics only serve to create a morbid and sordid fascination in perfectly natural animal behaviour. ''

A Five spokesman insisted the farm is renowned for its animal welfare standards and said all tasks were overseen by professionals.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 8, 2004
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