Reality-show contestants Gino D'Acampo and Stuart Manning have been charged with cruelty to animals for allegedly killing and eating a rat in Australia's Outback while filming Britain's I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here.
It seems like only yesterday that PETA sent its first plea to television producers, at the time it was for Survivor, begging them to leave animals alone. In fact, the outcry after contestants in a subsequent season chased, stabbed, killed, and cooked a pig on Survivor: The Australian Outback prompted a change in Australia's laws to make it illegal to torture and kill animals for entertainment. Apparently, execs at IACGMOOH missed that memo.
I bet they'll pay attention now, especially since IACGMOOH contestant George Hamilton told the Mirror
that execs gave the go-ahead for the kill. (Worth mentioning: Hamilton
notes that the rat, who was the main course in D'Acampo's "rat
risotto," was a camp worker's companion animal.)
Australia dishes up cruelty to animals in many forms, but it beats the U.S. when it comes to laws that protect animals from television show abuses.
Reality-show stars everywhere are hopefully taking note and will think
twice next time they contemplate torturing an animal for ratings.