Advert

Latest

10 hours ago
Advert
10 hours ago
Advert

Most Popular

2 days ago
Advert

I'm A Celebrity Told To Stop 'Scaring, Chasing And Killing' Animals By The RSPCA

I'm A Celebrity Told To Stop 'Scaring, Chasing And Killing' Animals By The RSPCA

The RSPCA have called out I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! for its treatment of animals during the bushtucker trials.

For the current series, the show moved production from Australia to Wales as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, the charity says despite the move they still have "serious concerns" about the animals featured in the show.

Ant and Dec in tonight's episode featuring an eating trial (Credit: ITV)
Ant and Dec in tonight's episode featuring an eating trial (Credit: ITV)

A statement posted by animal welfare charity RSPCA read: "Since I'm a Celebrity was first aired, animals have been dropped, thrown, handled roughly, crushed, chased, overcrowded, scared by contestants and prevented from escaping from stressful experiences.

Advert

"There have also been incidents where animals have been killed for no other purpose than entertainment."

They added that they have contacted the producers of the show throughout the years since it debuted in 2002.

"Throughout the years, we've been raising our concerns with the production company about how animals were being treated on the Australia-based programme, but we never received a response from the show."

In Monday's episode, Jordan North and Shane Ritchie were locked in an underground bunker which was filled with snakes.

More Like ThisMore Like This

1 of 6
Jordan North is a contestant in this year's series and has taken part in two bushtucker trials so far (Credit: ITV)
Jordan North is a contestant in this year's series and has taken part in two bushtucker trials so far (Credit: ITV)
Advert
The New Series Of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! Starts On Sunday
Entertainment

The New Series Of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! Starts On Sunday

published at2 months ago

The RSPCA also said the production company got in contact with them during the planning of the current series. The statement from the RSPCA comes as the show is set to broadcast the first eating trial of the current series tonight. Jordan North, Beverley Collard and Vernon Kay were chosen to take part.

"We were very pleased when the show's production company got in touch with us in the planning stages of this year's series, set here in the UK.

"We spoke to them about changing the way they use animals along with the change of continent - perhaps introducing welfare-friendly alternatives to animal use in the trials.

This year's series is being filmed in Gwrych Castle in north Wales (Credit: ITV)
This year's series is being filmed in Gwrych Castle in north Wales (Credit: ITV)

The RSPCA say they will continue to urge for the producers to "rethink" the way animals are used in the show. "We'll continue to urge ITV and the production company to rethink the way they use animals in I'm a Celebrity and replace the challenges with animal-friendly alternatives. We'll be watching the programme and will flag up any concerns we have to the producers."

Advert

Tyla has reached out to ITV for a comment.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: I'm a celebrity, TV News, Animals

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Inauguration Day 2021: ​Kamala Harris Becomes America's First Female Vice-President
published at12 hours ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Tasty

You Can Now Get An Easter Egg With Mini Eggs Embedded In The Shell

published at2 days ago

Gregory Robinson

Gregory is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, he has worked for both print and online publications and is particularly interested in TV, (pop) music and lifestyle. He loves Madonna, teen dramas from the 90s and prefers tea over coffee. Get in touch [email protected]