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Peta wants ‘I’m a Celebrity’ boycott over live animals

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Animal rights group Peta has known as on the British public to boycott the brand new collection of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here as the fact present “brings extra cruelty to our screens”.

The organisation criticised the notorious bushtucker trials, which frequently characteristic contestants interacting with creatures together with bugs, reptiles and rodents.

Read extra: Chris Packham criticises bushtucker trials

Jennifer White, media and communications supervisor for Peta UK, advised Metro that it’s “extremely disappointing” for the present to proceed with the identical format regardless of the change of setting from Australia to a Welsh fortress because of COVID-19.

She added: “Animals are terrified and abused and killed for these challenges and it’s all for a low-cost snigger.”

Vernon Kay endures the Table of Torment on ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ (ITV/Shutterstock)

White famous that the present now not consists of challenges wherein live animals are eaten, however mentioned it nonetheless options “animals being handled in these extremely horrific methods, all to try to up their TV scores”.

She added: “If we had been seeing canines and cats being eaten alive and trampled on by the celebrities there can be absolute uproar and we’d have seen a ban already.”

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White mentioned Peta believes public opinion to be turning away from the present’s use of animals — virtually 20 years after it first appeared on screens.

Ofcom acquired round 1,000 complaints about final 12 months’s collection of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here and the regulator mentioned most of these associated to animal welfare. 

The RSPCA inspired viewers to contact Ofcom in reference to the present’s use of live animals in bushtucker trials.

Last 12 months, ITV mentioned the present “complies with animal welfare legislation regarding the usage of animals and we’re pleased with our exemplary manufacturing practices”.

This collection has already confronted criticism after a promotional clip featured Ant McPartlin using a very small Shetland pony.

ITV mentioned the animal was skilled particularly for movie and TV and that “the protection and wellbeing of the horses and pony used for filming had been of utmost precedence to everybody”.

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The celeb line-up for this 12 months’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here has but to be formally introduced, however rumoured contestants embody Richard Madeley, Louise Minchin and ex-footballer David Ginola.

The present is because of return to ITV screens on 21 November.

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