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Two 'I'm a Celebrity' stars faced with animal cruelty charges

By Jane Fazackarley     Dec 6, 2009 in Entertainment
Two stars of this year's I'm a "Celebrity, Get me out of Here" are to appear in court in Australia in the New Year after being accused of animal cruelty.
The shows eventual winner, the Italian Chef Gino D'Acampo, and former Hollyoaks actor Stuart Manning caught a rat which was killed, cooked and then eaten by a number of celebrities who had been sent to a second camp. With rations running low and fearful they may not get enough to eat they came up with the idea of catching a rat and eating it for the protein.
Now the New South Wales branch of the RSPCA has raised objections to the incident saying the rat shouldn't have been killed for what could have been deemed as entertainment purposes.
Australian Police have said that the pair have received notifications to attend court in Australia. The date has been set for the 3rd of February next year.
The production company behind the show could see themselves facing other charges and ITV have confirmed that the RSPCA are investigating the incident.
The show also received some criticism about the horses used to take some of the celebrities in the camp. Some viewers were concerned that the animals looked scared as they waded through a stretch of water with celebrities on their back.
The wildlife presenter Chris Packham has also voiced his concerns about the live insects used in the trials that the celebrities take part in. He told the Daily Mail:
"From the first series I've been nothing short of appalled by the way they abuse animals. What sickens me more than anything is when people say 'But they're only insects. I happen to really like insects and more than anything I like life.
'There's not a single living organism on this planet that wants to die.
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