Ok, let’s be honest. We all tune into I’m A Celebrity to watch celebs suffer as they’re forced to shove a kangaroo’s testicles in their mouths don’t we?
Well, it turns out not everyone enjoys it as much as us, as TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham has written an open letter to Ant and Dec asking them to stop the ‘abuse of animals‘ in the entertaining bushtucker trials.
Well known for his nature documentaries and whatnot, the 53-year-old has written to the Radio Times in an attempt to stop what he calls ‘silly’ and ‘out of date’ trials on the show. Wowzers.
He wrote: “The problem is that animals such as snakes, spiders, crocodiles, rats and many invertebrates are already misunderstood and thus unfortunately vilified, despite the incredibly important roles they play in the world’s ecosystems and our lives.
“By orchestrating a fear of them among your contestants, I’m afraid you’re reinforcing and exaggerating a terrible ignorance and intolerance of these remarkable animals.”
We will NEVER, EVER like spiders and snakes, but fair point.
He went on to criticise the show’s animal welfare advisors, saying: “I can guarantee that some animals are harmed during production, because they are fragile or easily stressed. Or simply killed, as they are in your bushtucker trials.
“The show has been running for years now. Surely it’s time for it to mature, for you to accept that, as pillars of the British broadcasting community, you should put an end to this inhumane, embarrassing and destructive aspect of an otherwise great show.”
From a nature point of view, sure, we understand. BUT WE LOVE IT.
He added that teaching the show’s younger audience that killing for “exploitative ‘entertainment’ is acceptable” is a great shame that neither Ant nor Dec probably want for the rest of their lives.
Probably not, no.
Chris later wrote that eating animal invertebrates and the like mocked cultures that are forced to eat them in daily life.
Even just thinking about this is making us feel extremely ill tbh.
However, Chris’ letter hasn’t gone very far, as ITV refuse to pass it onto Ant and Dec. So that’s gone down like a tonne of bricks, really.
They said: “Ant and Dec are the presenters of the show, and as such are not involved with the formatting of the trials, which are devised by the show’s producers.
“ITV takes animal welfare very seriously and expert handlers are on hand at all times.”
Does this mean we could be getting a disclaimer pre-show confirming that no animals were harmed in the making of the show?
Except those ones that get eaten. Unlucky guys.
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