ITV Fined Over I’m A Celeb Rat Death

Can anyone remember Rat-Gate last year? You know, when chef Gino D’Acampo and Stuart Manning killed a domesticated rat during I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!? Well ITV have been fined for animal cruelty following the scandal, but is it just me, or do you think this is a teeny little bit over the top?

I know the whole killing of a rat on TV wasn’t the most pleasant of viewing, but the campers were so hungry, and it’s the point of I’m A Celebrity to teach celebrities about back to basics living.

But the big OMG here is the fact that the producers of the show obviously farm hundreds of little critters purely for the celebrities to endure, be buried with and eat alive (or fried), so if ITV can sign off on that, what’s up with the rat?

Apparently officials have the huff now the ITV production crew have admitted to letting the rat loose in camp and giving the pair permission to kill it, and have fined the TV Channel £1,660 after hearing that the helpless rat took 90 seconds to die and had suffered unnecessary pain after being stabbed with a knife.

Okay, so it’s sad, but why is it such a big deal when they kill a rat, but not when they bite the heads off of Witchetty grub?


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