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I’m A Celebrity 2020: Show hit with 540 complaints over animal welfare as RSPCA urge viewers to contact Ofcom

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I’m A Celebrity has been hit with 540 Ofcom complaints (Picture: ITV/REX)

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! has been hit with 540 Ofcom complaints over the past seven days with the majority relating to animal welfare.

The ITV series returned to our screens last week with a star-studded line-up including the likes of TV host Vernon Kay, soap star Beverley Callard and Radio 1 DJ Jordan North.

Despite the series swapping the Australian jungle for a Welsh castle this year, there have still been just as many critters included in their Bushtucker Trials.

Last night’s instalment saw Shane Richie and his EastEnders co-star Jessica Plummer downing drinks of blended sheep’s testicles, chicken’s feet, mealworms, pig’s snout, pig’s vagina and vomit fruit.

Earlier this week Shane also bagged 12 stars for camp after being forced to crawl around surrounded by pythons, snakes, cockroaches, maggots and 200 spiders during the trial.

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There have been plenty of critters involved (Picture: ITV/REX)

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Vernon took on the eating trial (Picture: ITV)

While Jordan, Vernon and Bev took part in the first eating challenge of the series.

Following the number of critters and creepy crawlies used in the programme, TV watchdog Ofcom has received 540 viewer complaints mainly referring to animal welfare.

‘We have received 540 complaints in the last seven days and the majority of the complaints related to animal welfare,’ they told us.

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Shane was trapped with 200 spiders (Picture: ITV/REX)

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Jess and Shane had to down blended sheep’s testicles (Picture: ITV/REX)

The RSPCA has also urged viewers to complain to Ofcom about the show.

Taking to its official Twitter account they said: ‘Since I’m A Celeb first aired, animals have been dropped, thrown, handled roughly, crushed, chased, overcrowded, scared and trapped.

‘We’d love for #ImACelebrit to be a highly entertaining show without the use of animals. Agree? Contact @Ofcom today.’

 

Ahead of the launch of this year’s series, the animal charity published a statement voicing their worries. However, ITV producers insisted the show complies with animal welfare law concerning the use of animals.

‘We have serious concerns about the welfare of animals set to be featured on the new UK-based ‘I’m a Celebrity’ TV show,’ they said.

‘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.

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

‘The show’s messaging and the potential to prompt people to try and copy the bushtucker trials at home for entertainment is also worrying and we feel that deliberately portraying certain species as nasty or frightening or as objects that can be used purely for entertainment rather than sentient, living creatures sends out totally the wrong message.’

The RSPCA added that although they were ‘very pleased’ that I’m A Celebrity producers reached out in the planning stages of this year’s series, they are disappointed the show decided to keep using animals.

‘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,’ they continued.

‘However, we were really disappointed to be told that they would continue to be using animals in this way during this series. We know that many of you, the animal loving public, agree with us and really dislike the use of animals in this way.’

A spokesperson for I’m A Celebrity has since stepped in to defend the use of animals in their trials.

‘I’m A Celebrity complies with animal welfare law concerning the use of animals and we are proud of our exemplary production practices,’ they told Metro.co.uk.

‘We have a long working relationship with the RSPCA in New South Wales, Australia and as such contacted their counterparts some months ago when we knew that the programme would be made in the UK, with a view to working collaboratively with them.’

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues daily at 9pm on ITV.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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