I’M A Celeb has been hammered with greater than 11,000 Ofcom complaints over its use of dwell animals in trials.
The staggering variety of objections have come by way of the RSPCA this collection after the present was moved from Australia to the UK.
Almost 11,000 have referred to as for dwell creatures to be banned from I am A CelebCredit score: Rex Options
The animal welfare charity informed The Solar 10,697 folks had taken half in a marketing campaign that fires off an e mail to the TV watchdog complaining about the usage of animals within the programme.
ITV bosses have discovered themselves below strain as animals together with cockroaches, rats, mealworms and snakes getting used “as a commodity for leisure”.
Ofcom has powers to ban animals from getting used on the present and dish out fines.
The collection has seen Jordan North battling snakes, AJ Pritchard being bombarded with mealworms and crickets and Shane Richie being crawled over by bare rats.
AJ Pritchard was lined in crickets on the Chamber of Horrors trialCredit score: Rex Options
Bugs and snakes are routinely to torment I am A Celeb’s starsCredit score: Rex Options
Victoria Derbyshire additionally needed to deal with a wolf whereas all the celebrities have been dumped with hundreds of cockroaches, scorpions and spiders.
The RSPCA mentioned: “Since I am A Celeb was first aired animals have been dropped, thrown, dealt with roughly, crushed, chased, overcrowded, scared by contestants and prevented from escaping from hectic experiences.
“Sadly, there have additionally been incidents the place animals have been killed for no different function than leisure.
“Solely final 12 months Wales banned the usage of wild animals for leisure in circuses, so certainly we will transfer on from utilizing any animal purely for our enjoyable?”
A spokesperson for ITV mentioned: “I am A Celeb complies with animal welfare legislation regarding the usage of animals.”
A supply on the present added: “The operator that we use for the programme has intensive expertise within the care of animals for the movie and tv business.
“They’ve a 5 Star Animal Welfare Licence for such a work. Additionally they maintain an Animal Performers Licence which is relevant in Wales.
“Our skilled animal handlers take care of the animals throughout filming and lots of of them belong to the animal handlers.
“They aren’t wild and are bred as pets and due to this fact domesticated and used to human interplay.
“Bugs like crickets, cockroaches and morio worms are purposely bred within the UK, in regular circumstances for animal feed.
“After filming, these are donated to native wildlife centres and sanctuaries after filming.
“We’ve got additionally put measures in place to take care of our invertebrates which incorporates the set up of grates to permit simple assortment.”