Not the best week for I’m A Celebrity this week. The police are investigating the show over concerns that they are using non-invasive wildlife in bushtucker trials. For nearly 20 years, ITV has used bugs and creatures in bushtucker trials. But with the show moving to Wales due to the coronavirus pandemic
North Wales Police are looking into how the show uses insects such as maggots, spiders, worms, and cockroaches. According to The Guardian, there have been a number of complaints regarding the species used on the show. Insects used in the series may threaten wildlife in the area around the Gwrych Castle. ITV could be breaching the Wildlife and Countryside Act, with the RSPCA also stepping in to say that I’m A Celebrity could still remain an entertaining show without the use of animals.
A spokesperson for ITV has responded to the claims that they have failed to retrieve a license for the release of bugs around the castle.
“All of the insects used on I’m A Celebrity are non-invasive species. They are only ever released in a contained area and collected immediately after filming. The bugs are UK-bred and are commercially purchased in the UK for birds and exotic animal feed for pets and zookeepers in normal circumstances. Our insects have been donated to local wildlife sanctuaries, trusts, and zoos for their exotic animal and bird feed after filming”.
I’m A Celebrity has been criticized, as it is believed that insects such as cockroaches aren’t native to the UK. Therefore ITV are breaking rules.
Iolo Williams, Springwatch presenter said:
“Cockroaches are the ultimate survivors, and if they survive in north Wales and escape into the wild there, what effect are they going to have? I don’t know, nobody knows … I just find it incredible that they’re allowed to do this, and I’m not being a killjoy here. Why not use fish guts, or offal?”.