SYDNEY, Dec. 6 (UPI) — Italian chef Gino D’Acampo, winner of the British version of “I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here,” is guilty of animal cruelty, an organization alleges.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New South Wales, Australia, accused D’Acampo, along with Stuart Manning, an actor on the ITV show, of animal cruelty for cooking a rat for food on the program, the BBC reported Sunday.
Chief Inspector David Oshannessy of the RSPCA in New South Wales said the pair’s decision to kill and eat the rat allegedly violated regulations on how animals are used in movies and other entertainment productions.
“The killing of a rat for a performance is not acceptable. The concern is this was done purely for the cameras,” Oshannessy said.
“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.”
Both D’Acampo and Manning have been issued notices ordering them to appear in court in Murwillumbah, New South Wales, in February.
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