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Im A Celeb slapped with 12k Ofcom complaints over fears for animals in trials

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2021 has been stung with thousands of Ofcom complaints as the controversy over using animals in trials continues to wreak havoc for ITV.

At the weekend, the 2021 antics came to an end as Emmerdale actor Danny Miller was crowned King of the Castle.

While the show has brought many viewers barrels of laughs over the two week period, it's safe to say the production hasn't been without it's grievances.

Much like last year, there have been cries again over the welfare of animals used in the famous Bushtucker trials.

However, ITV have confirmed that the production was all above board where the law had been concerned for animals that were used as part of the show.

The statement read: "The team at I’m A Celebrity have many years of experience in producing the show and have rigorous protocols in place to ensure that animals are handled safely before, during, and after filming, in compliance with animal welfare law.

"Welfare and safety is always our primary priority."

This wasn't enough to deter viewers from filing their grievances to the regulator.

According to the RSPCA, thousands agree with their campaign that animals should not be used at all.

Dr Ros Clubb, from the RSPCA’s wildlife department, said in a statement: "We're overwhelmed by the response from the public to our campaign against the use of live animals in the I’m a Celeb show.

"More than 12,000 have already written to Ofcom to express concern – with the reaction from the public even stronger than last year, when the programme was filmed in North Wales for the first time."

The charity believes that animals on I'm A Celebrity are "put in situations that would compromise their welfare for nothing more than a quick laugh".

They claim that snakes, rats and lizards could be "subject to stress" during trials of close proximity with stars who may become "panicked".

It is also a "worry" that animals may be "handled inappropriately by contestants".

The RSPCA aired further concern over temperature fears for reptiles as the cold weather struck Wales, with the charity becoming worried that certain species could not "produce their own body heat, with it being unclear whether suitable sources of heat and light are being used".

There is further anxiety from the charity that animals could be "at risk of being crushed during trials".

Daily Star has contacted ITV for further comment.

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