I’M A Celebrity camp mates won’t eat live critters in eating trials for the first time in the TV show’s history, following animal cruelty campaigning.
ITV will only serve bugs that are already dead in Bushtucker trials following campaigning from animal charities and wildlife experts, including TV presenter Chris Packham. Chris said insects being killed for entertainment was like something out of the Middle Ages.
In a letter on Twitter Chris pleads with Ant and Dec to stop the use of all animals on I’m A Celebrity.
Writing to the TV duo, and the show’s producers, he urged: “For our world to survive this needs to be the age of change so could you please have a read, and a think and then get back to me.
“Since around the time you were both born we have lost between 40% and 50% of all the world’s wildlife. You would not ask your contestants to eat a live baby monkey but, in ecological terms, a monkey is no more valuable, no more important than a grub or a spider or cricket.”
In previous years, there have been thousands of complaints from viewers about the Bushtucker trials. Some are also against live bugs, rats and snakes being used in other tasks, but ITV have no plans to stop that.
You might notice another change on I’m A Celebrity. Following the major bush fires blazing across east Australia, gas stoves have replaced the open campfire where the celebrities cook.