Thousands of people support RSPCA’s Ofcom campaign on the use of animals by I’m A Celeb
MORE than 12,000 people have contacted Ofcom to complain about the use of live animals in the series of I’m a celebrity … Get me out of here!
The RSPCA says it is “overwhelmed” by the level of support for its campaign – highlighting concerns that exist regarding the use and portrayal of animals on the ITV reality show.
The number of supporters for the RSPCA campaign this year topped the 11,800 people who took action in the last round when the program was first filmed at Gwrych Castle, near Abergele, for the first time.
RSPCA wellness experts watched this year’s show.
The charity says animals like rats, lizards and snakes are likely to have been put under stress as they were surrounded by screaming and panicking celebrities in small, confined spaces for trials.
Different species of animals – such as snakes and rats – were placed nearby during testing, potentially causing significant stress for both species. The animals were also handled “inappropriately” by the competitors.
Trials often take place outdoors and with the temperatures dropping in recent weeks, the RSPCA is concerned that the environment is unsuitable for animals such as lizards and snakes who cannot produce their own body heat. They say it is not clear whether appropriate sources of heat and light are being used.
Invertebrate animals – not covered by animal welfare law – are also regularly at risk of being run over during testing.
Dr Ros Clubb, RSPCA Wildlife Department, said: “We are overwhelmed by the public response to our campaign against the use of live animals on the I’m a Celeb show.
“More than 12,000 have already written to Ofcom to express their concern – the public reaction being even stronger than last year, when the program was first filmed in North Wales. In recent weeks, many live animals have again been put in a situation that would jeopardize their well-being for nothing more than a quick laugh – and again, we were really worried about what we saw.
“Naturally solitary species have been grouped together in confined spaces, different species have been mixed in stressful situations, animals have been placed in confined spaces alongside panicked celebrities, and thousands of insects and other invertebrates have been dumped on. campers and risk being run over.
“The way insects and other animals are used also trivializes the lives of these animals – at a time when debates around animal sensitivity are more important than ever in society.”
Previously, the RSPCA wrote to the production company behind the show urging them to stop using live animals and entertain UK animal-loving audiences without resorting to Bushtucker’s anti-animal trials.
The RSPCA hopes that those behind future editions of the series will “update, rethink and modernize” the program to end compromising animal welfare situations.
An ITV spokesperson said in November: “The team at I’m A Celebrity have many years of experience producing the show and have rigorous protocols in place to ensure animals are safe. handled safely before, during and after filming, with due regard for animal welfare. law. Well-being and safety are always our top priority.
Supporters can email Ofcom to raise their concerns via the RSPCA website. Click here.