I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! bosses ‘banned the use of live insects for bushtucker trials’ after facing backlash from animal rights activists.
According to reports, the apparent change to the format of the show will remain a permanent fixture.
This comes just days after animal rights activist Tayana Simons wrote a piece for Metro.co.uk calling for the use of all live animals in the programme’s trials to be banned.
In the column, Tayana writes: ‘Not only does this harm the animals involved, but it also normalises animal cruelty to audiences of millions, including young children.
‘This isn’t just a view shared by animal rights organisations such as Viva!, which has campaigned against the show since it began, celebrities such as Chris Packham and Lucy Watson have also voiced their opposition to the use of animals in the trials.
‘The horrific scene of celebrity Ferne McCann eating a live spider received a massive 1,500 viewer complaints, while in 2010 the show was fined by the RSPCA in Australia for killing and cooking a rat purely for entertainment.
‘The Bushtucker Trials epitomise a flippant disregard for non-human animal life which does not belong in this century. They need to end.
‘If the animals used in the show were socially valued animals such as cats or dogs, there would be an uproar at scenes of them being grabbed and flung by the neck, tossed around in overcrowded caves or having their body parts eaten on live TV.’
We have a whole host of celebs taking part in this years version of the show – from reality TV legend Caitlyn Jenner, Girls Aloud pop icon Nadine Coyle and former footballer Ian Wright.
Wright has also made headlines recently when his own mother warned that the trials could trigger a deadly asthma attack for her son.
The Arsenal legend has also admitted that he has a very bad sleeping habit which could keep his fellow campers up at night.
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Metro.co.uk has reached out to I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! reps for comment.
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! returns on 17 November, at 9pm, on ITV.
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