Alesha Dixon defends Britain's Got Talent's dancing dogs

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Alesha Dixon has defended Britain's Got Talent's animal acts.

Ahead of the new series - which is again expected to feature a number of animals doing weird and wonderful things - Alesha drew a distinction between dancing dogs and wild animals being kept against their will.

She explained: "The point is that dogs are domesticated animals. My theory on anything like that is if an animal is enjoying it, if they're loving it, and they choose to do it, it's incomparable to an elephant or a tiger who's been drugged and forced to do something that they don't want to do.

"A dog, for example, chooses to sit on your lap. I think with these things it's kind of common sense."

Speaking to the DigitalSpy website, Alesha went on to discuss her work as an animal activist.

"I was really, really lucky that I got to go out to Thailand with World Animal Protection, they're an amazing charity," she said. "[We're] trying to encourage the public not to go on holidays where you can go on elephant rides and take selfies with animals.

"It was fascinating to do. I learned so much. We had such great support and really great feedback."

The new series of BGT returns to ITV later this year.

Rumours from the filmed auditions have suggested we could see acts including 'dog yoga' as well as a world record setting sausage catching dog.

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