Chris Packham calls for I’m A Celebrity to ‘shape up or shut down’ over the use of animals
Chris Packham has called for I’m A Celebrity to “shape up or shut down” over the use of animals in trials.
The 60 year-old naturalist and TV presenter took aim at the ITV show use of creatures in its bushtucker trials ahead of its to return to Gwrych Castle.
Last year’s series took place in Wales rather than Australia for the first time, and the wildlife expert, who has been a frequent critic of the programme, also questioned what had happened to some of the non-UK native species.
He told Yahoo UK: “Is this finally the year? The year when I’m A Celebrity finally joins the rest of the thinking caring world and addresses its abhorrent disrespect for animals and disregard for their welfare.
“We are in a critical biodiversity crisis, we’ve just had the COP to highlight this and ensuring the immediate protection of all life is imperative.”
He added: “Last year non native species were allegedly allowed to escape from their set, threatening our native wildlife. This cannot happen again.”
“The programme has ample opportunities to be entertaining without resorting to abusing animals or their reputations – it’s the time when we all need to change and this series is no exception. It’s time for it to shape up – or shut down.”