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The RSCPA hits back at The Bachelor producers over piglet

The RSPCA has hit back at The Bachelor producers, over the controversial piglet group date on Wednesday's show.

After The Bachelor producers defended the segment and said they had RSPCA approval to use the piglets, the animal welfare charity has told Daily Mail Australia that approval had not actually been given. 

In a statement released on Thursday, it was revealed that an investigation will be launched, after contestants had to catch 'terrified' piglets in a pen. 

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 'We did NOT approve the use of piglets in filming': The RSCPA hits back at The Bachelor producers and will be investigating after contestants had to catch 'terrified' pigs

 'We did NOT approve the use of piglets in filming': The RSCPA hits back at The Bachelor producers and will be investigating after contestants had to catch 'terrified' pigs

'RSPCA NSW did not approve the use of piglets in the filming of the Bachelor as claimed by Warner Bros,' the statement read.

'The submission of a film notification form is a legal requirement to film with animals, but it is not an "approval". The notification form supplied by Warner Bros in relation to this incident does not align with the events that took place on set, which claimed "piglets will be in a fenced pen and they will herd them and place them in another fenced pen."

The statement adds that calls to producers have gone unanswered.

'RSPCA NSW has contacted Warner Bros and they have yet to return our calls. We have requested the full unedited footage and Warner Bros are yet to supply it. RSPCA NSW takes any potential breaches of animal welfare very seriously and will be formally investigating this incident further,' it concluded. 

After fans flocked to Twitter after Wednesday's show to slam the segment, the producers defended it. 

'Warner Bros. ensures any instance involving animals has RSPCA approval and a handler on set,' a spokesperson from Warner Bros told Daily Mail Australia, earlier on Thursday. 

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