Ant and Dec urged to quit I’m A Celebrity over ‘cruelty to animals’

Piers Morgan shames Matt Hancock for I'm A Celeb involvement

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Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have been pleaded with by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to stop presenting I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! The damning open letter has criticised their involvement in the show since their first appearance in 2002.

The presenting duo have found themselves at the centre of an animal cruelty storm two days before the new series commences.

In an unprecedented move by the charity, they have decided to publicly condemn the involvement of the cheeky double act with the show.

Their letter, addressed to them both reads: “I’m writing from People for the Ethical of Animals (PETA) to urge you to make the upcoming All Stars series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! your last.

“For too long, you have been complicit in cruelty to animals on the show, and it must end.”

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They continue: “For too long, you have been complicit in cruelty to animals on the show, and it must end.

“Public attitudes towards the use of animals for entertainment have shifted considerably in recent years.

“For 20 years, you have been complicit in the ‘Bushtucker Trials’, standing by as animals of all descriptions are tormented – and even killed – for TV ratings.”

Elisa Allen, the vice president of programmes penned the personal letter to the Geordie pair and the strong message to them was unrelenting.

She declared: “In this time, you must surely have become aware of the suffering, discomfort, and fear that these unwilling participants endure during the challenges.

“The longer you associate yourselves with this show, the more you send the message to viewers that you think animal abuse is not only acceptable but also entertaining.”

Ending the letter, Elisa pleaded: “So please, hang up your hats and get yourselves out of there – for animals’ sake.”

In response to the damning letter calling for their star presenters to resign, I’m A Celebrity bosses issued a swift reply.

A spokesperson for the show explained: “We are always fully transparent about our protocols and we have a very strict environmental plan in place on the show.

“As a production, we comply with all regional and national laws concerning the use of insects, animals and reptiles.

“We cannot stress enough that we have rigorous protocols in place to ensure that animals are handled safely at all times, before, during and after any filming has taken place, in compliance with all regional and national laws.”

PETA has been a longstanding critic of the show for its infamous trials, which often includes celebrities eating various live insects or attempting to eat unconventional parts of animal’s anatomies too.

Sunday’s launch show will include a huge shake up to the established format.

The campmates will be split into three groups, as opposed to the usual two, with some ending in better accommodation than others.

Show bosses have revealed a few lucky celebrities will end up in luxury motorhomes.

Executive producer Olly Nash boasted: “It’s much bigger than we’ve ever done before.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! starts on Sunday at 9pm on ITV and ITV Hub

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