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TOWIE viewers accuse ITVBe show of animal cruelty

Puppies in a pet store?

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The Only Way Is Essex is in trouble with viewers over scenes they claim amount to animal abuse.

In last night’s show, James ‘Lockie’ Lock went shopping in a pet store… for a PUPPY.

Eugh, not (quite) illegal, but so very not cool.

Animal charities such as PETA have been campaigning for such practices to be stopped for years – and even the Government has called for a ban.

It’s widely considered that these pups are taken from their mothers at far too young an age.

As a nation of animal lovers, we take the welfare of our four-legged friends very seriously.

So it’s no surprise many people swooped on social media to express their alarm.

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Reality star and passionate animal rights campaigner Jodie Marsh was straight on Twitter to vent.

She angrily typed: “Why is #TOWIE supporting puppy farming by highlighting that awful pet shop?? @pupaid get involved!!! X x”

Another upset viewer said: “Promoting puppy farming? Disgusting #TOWIE’ and ‘#TOWIE at the lowest of the low supporting puppy farms buying from a shop that sells puppy’s. Disgusting!” [sic]

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One shouted: “NO NO NO NO NO… NEVER buy a dog from a pet shop. Probably come from a puppy farm. I’m outraged.”

Another wrote: “Dogs and cats, adopt don’t buy #TOWIE”

Yet more complaints came, including one from a viewer who pointed out: “I don’t understand why @ITVBe would support this! And a lot do the #TOWIE clan claim to be animal lovers! Did @JamesBennewith buy a pup??”

Lockie visited the shop with friends Diags and Tommy, with a view to getting a puppy for his new girlfriend Yazmin.

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