Tuesday, 11 November 2014

I'm A Celebrity 2014: Chris Packham criticises 'repugnant' treatment of animals on ITV show

Chris Packham has criticised I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here for its “repugnantly gratuitous” treatment of wild animals.

The Springwatch presenter said the show’s use of animals such as snakes, spiders, crocodiles and rats undermined a respect for life and sometimes bordered the “barbaric”.

In a letter to the show’s hosts Ant and Dec published in the Radio Times, Packham said the programme’s “doctoring” of animals that are not dangerous or significantly toxic was a “sham”.

The naturalist said the show was “reinforcing terrible ignorance” about these animals among viewers, despite the "important roles" they play in the world’s ecosystems.

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