Unhappy campers: I'm a Celeb

Stop the use of live creatures on ITV's I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here

Returning for its 21st season, I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here is one of ITV's most anticipated reality shows.

Every year, we're faced with concerns about the use of animals, including insects and other live creatures during the filming of the show, and with the show taking place on home turf, we're asking our supporters to make their concerns heard about animal welfare.

Animals used for entertainment without regard to their welfare

Web of cries © RSPCASince 'I'm a Celebrity' was first aired, animals have been dropped, thrown, handled roughly, crushed, chased, overcrowded, scared by contestants and prevented from escaping from stressful experiences.

With this year's series once again set in Wales, vertebrate animals in the programme are protected by the Animal Welfare Act - and the programme must clearly demonstrate how it meets its legal duty of care to these animals.

Invertebrate animals - such as insects, spiders and crabs - don't have the same legal protection; but at a time when discussions around the capacity for animals to experience feelings like pain are more prominent than ever, we're concerned that the show is not setting the right example.

Last year's episodes in Wales demonstrated concerning issues, such as panicked campers being locked in vaults with piles of live corn snakes, creating a potentially fearful and physically harmful environment for the snakes. We've also seen tens of thousands of insects and other invertebrates poured on top of campers, with many crushed under bodies and feet, or violently shaken off.

The show also received a written warning for the use of invasive crayfish in last year's season, highlighting the show's inability to act responsibly in regards to animals.

The show's messaging and the potential to prompt people to try and copy the 'bushtucker trials' at home for entertainment is also worrying and we feel that deliberately portraying certain species as nasty or frightening or as objects that can be used purely for entertainment rather than sentient, living creatures sends out totally the wrong message.

You can let Ofcom know by using their complaints process or using our preset form below.

Stop cruelty at the I'm a Celeb camp

While we understand that I'm a Celeb is a popular form of entertainment, we're only asking producers to stop using living creatures in this capacity.

Please get involved by using the form below to let TV regulator Ofcom know that harm to living creatures for I'm a Celebrity is unacceptable.

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