Bingo Hideout readers will be surprised no doubt to hear, that in the wake of the gorgeous Gino D’Acampo being crowned King of the jungle that he and fellow contestant Stuart Manning are to face animal cruelty charges. The cruelty charges have been brought as a result of an episode of the ‘I’m A Celebrity’ show, when Gino and Stuart caught a rat and cooked it to feed the camp of celebrities. The I’m a Celebrity contestants were hungry after being sent to exile as part of the competition and so the two men decided to catch the rat to eke out their small rations. The hungry contestants perform bush tucker trials where bugs are eaten to earn food which is then issued by the production team.
Animal rights groups were extremely angry at the unnecessary slaughter of the rat which they have stated was done for entertainment purposes only. The pair now face going to Murwillumbah court to face the charges of animal cruelty on 3rd February 2010, the production team of the ITV show are not expected to face any charges. An article published on the BBC news website quotes David Oshannessy of the New South Wales RSPCA, when he was interviewed regarding the charges and said "The killing of a rat for a performance is not acceptable. The concern is this was done purely for the cameras," he said.
The charity sends staff whenever animals are used for filmed or live performances, he said, and so had been in contact with the programme's producers before the rat was killed.
"Production staff have to submit a notification form to the RSPCA or Animal Welfare League - both are charged with responsibilities under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
"But we received no pre-notice or advice this segment was going to occur, it happened on a day no animals were featuring in production, so we didn't have an officer there,"
Strangely the SAS which are trained to survive terrible conditions are not allowed to eat rats whilst in action, according to Wikipedia this is directly the result of the risks attached of contracting Weil’s disease which can be life threatening. However no such fears were in the minds of Gino and Stuart when they caught and killed the rat for the team’s tea! So what do our Bingo Hideout readers think, should Gino and Stuart face charges for killing and eating an animal that is commonly regarded as vermin in the UK? Do you think that Gino and Stuart were cruel and that they killed the rat only for entertainment?