Target: ITV CEO, Adam Crozier
Goal: Stop using live animals and insects on the “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here” television program.
Rats are killed and cooked, earthworms are eaten alive, and snakes and other reptiles are confined and stepped on in the television channel ITV’s popular “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here” reality program. Set in Australia and broadcasted in the U.K., the show has contestants going through “Bush Tucker Trials” that often involve being confined with or stepping on reptiles and eating live insects. These innocent animals should not be subjected to stress, fear, pain, and death for the sake of entertainment.
Nature reporter and TV presenter Chris Packham spoke out against the show last year. In an open letter to the show’s presenters Ant and Dec, Packham wrote that teaching viewers that killing animals “for exploitative entertainment is acceptable” was shameful. He also rightly stated that “animals such as snakes, spiders, crocodiles, rats and many invertebrates are already misunderstood and thus unfortunately vilified, despite the incredibly important roles they play in the world’s ecosystems and our lives.”
Indeed, perpetrating the silly belief that these animals should be feared or treated with contempt and disgust reinforces ignorance and intolerance towards them and puts our environment at risk. These animals are not only each crucial to the survival of ecosystems, they are also sentient beings deserving of our respect. They are not mere objects to be stomped on or otherwise subjected to cruelty for entertainment. Furthermore, these creatures also feel stress, fear, and pain.
Other celebrities have spoken out against the animal abuse that goes on in the show. DJ Tony Blackburn, who won the first series in 2002, is one of them, saying that the show treats the creatures in an inhumane way. ITV was eventually fined the equivalent of $2,500 in 2010 after two contestants killed and cooked a rat as part of the show.
Nevertheless, the show continues to harm and kill animals and insects for the sake of entertainment. Sign this petition and urge the show’s creators to stop using and harming animals.
Dear Mr. Crozier,
Live animals and insects are routinely harmed in ITV’s reality show “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.” The program’s “Bush Tucker Trials” display contestants eating or stepping on live animals and insects, causing numerous animals stress, harm, and death.
Many celebrities have spoken out against the animal abuse that goes on during the program. Chris Packham, for instance, has denounced the wrongful belief the show perpetuates: that animals should and can be killed for “exploitative entertainment.” He also rightly stated that vilifying these animals reinforces ignorance and intolerance of species that are actually vital to our global ecosystem. These sentient creatures feel stress, fear, and pain. Not only are individual creatures hurt and killed by the show but our ecosystems are also put at risk by it perpetuating harmful attitudes towards these wildlife species.
Even after ITV was fined in 2010 for making two contestants kill and cook a rat as part of the show, the program continues to harm and kill animals and insects for the sake of entertainment. Animals are not mere objects to be stomped on. The show would be equally successful — and perhaps even more so — if it stuck to obstacle courses and other daredevil trials that do not involve hurting or killing live creatures. I urge you to put an end to animals being harmed and killed in this program.
[Your Name Here]
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