I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! has defended its use of animals on the show

Yvonne O'Halloran

Despite swapping the Australian jungle for Gwrych Castle in North Wales due to COVID-19 restrictions, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Will still feature the bushtucker trials the show is famous for.

Many of these challenges involve insects and animals, which the RSPCA has stated have been “dropped, thrown, handled roughly, crushed, chased, overcrowded, scared by contestants and prevented from escaping from stressful experiences” over the years.

The animal welfare charity was consulted during the planning stages of the show, though ITV will still go ahead with trials involving live animals during this series.

The RSPCA has stated: “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,”

“However, we were really disappointed to be told that they would continue to be using animals in this way during this series.

“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.”

Defending its use of animals on the show, ITV responded: “I’m A Celebrity complies with animal welfare law concerning the use of animals and we are proud of our exemplary production practices.

“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.

Unfortunately, many of the animals used are invertebrates, which are not covered by the Animal Welfare Act or the Performing Animals Act in Wales. This means that they have very little protection under the law, though the RSPCA has said that “Where we can act, we will.”.

Article written by Martha Moody- United Kingdom





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