Chris Packham accuses I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! of 'abusing animals'
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! has been accused of ‘abusing animals’.
Nature presenter Chris Packham pointed the finger at the reality TV show shortly after it picked up a trophy for best reality TV show at the TV Choice Awards.
Holly Willoughby took to the stage for I’m A Celebrity, as she had stepped in to host the last series alongside Declan Donnelly.
Chris stood before the audience at London’s Hilton Hotel Park Lane on behalf of BBC programme Blue Planet.
He said: ‘I’m A Celebrity, can you please think about no longer abusing animals on your programme?’
According to Huffington Post, this prompted some booing from sections of the audience, but also plenty of applause.
The Springwatch presenter went on: ‘Our oceans are full of plastic. The Amazon, the lungs of the world is on fire.
‘We will be breathing toxic air on our way back home tonight. Toxic air that will kill thousands of people in our beloved capital.
‘We have to make a change. Making changes takes courage.’
He also used his moment on stage to implore the celebrities and the TV industry figures to be more conscious of the environment.
The Blue Planet Live host later joked he will ‘lose sleep’ over the fact he was apparently booed on the night.
He tweeted: ‘Oh dear, apparently I’ve been booed (?) at the @TVChoice awards for very politely requesting that @imacelebrity finally stop abusing wildlife on their programmes…I’ll be losing sleep over that then.’
I’m A Celebrity challenges famous faces to take part in various Bushtucker trials, which often involve snakes and large quantities of insects.
ITV has responded to criticism over the use of animals on the show in the past, saying in 2017: ‘As a production, I’m A Celebrity complies with all regional and national laws concerning the use of insects, animals and reptiles.
‘We inform the RSPCA NSW of all of our activities on the show and they have an open invitation to attend the site at any time.
‘At each of the Bushtucker Trials which feature animals or insects, we have qualified and experienced animal and insect handlers on site and every trial has been carefully tested and developed.’
The 2015 series was hit with 1000 complaints after Ferne McCann ate a live spider during the final.
Line Of Duty was one of the big successes of the TV Choice Awards as it scooped the gong for Best Drama Series following the gripping episodes that aired earlier this year.
Metro.co.uk has contacted ITV for comment.
TV Choice Awards 2019 Winners List
Best Daytime Show – This Morning
Best Actress – Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Outstanding Contribution to Television – Lorraine Kelly
Best Talent Show – Britain’s Got Talent
Best Reality Show – I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Best Actor – Adrian Dunbar, Line Of Duty
Best Food Show – Gordon, Gino And Fred: Road Trip
Best Comedy – After Life
Best Factual Show – Blue Planet Live
Best Drama Series – Line Of Duty
Best Lifestyle Show – DIY SOS: The Big Build
Best Family Drama – Call The Midlife
Best New Drama – Bodyguard
Best Entertainment Show – The Graham Norton Show
Best Soap Newcomer – Kara-Leah Fernandes, EastEnders
Best Soap Actress – Alison King, Coronation Street,
Best Soap Actor – Danny Dyer, EastEnders
Best Soap – Emmerdale
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