Rula Lenska slams I’m A Celeb as ‘inhumane’ for using live animals in Bushtucker Trials

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Rula Lenska has furiously hit out at I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!. The actress, 73, joined forces with PETA to brand the hit ITV show as “irresponsible and inhumane” for using real animals during Bushtucker Trials.

The Corrie star didn’t hold back as she slammed the series – fronted by Ant and Dec – saying that the current format of the show has “sick humour”.

Writing in her op-ed for PETA UK, Rula claims: “There’s absolutely nothing amusing or entertaining about abusing animals, though the brain trust responsible for I’m a Celebrity … Get Me out of Here! will apparently resort to anything for a cheap laugh.

“This abuse is why I have never been on the show and never will be. I have been asked whether I’d be interested several times but have always declined for many reasons, like these irresponsible, inhumane stunts from the show’s sordid history.”

Rula pointed out that while the celebrities who partake in the series are there by choice, the animals we see are not.

“Unlike the celebrities, who appear on the show willingly, the snakes, rats, and other animals have no choice,” Rula stated.

“Like us, they want to live free from abuse and fear, and they should have that right – but instead, they endure extreme stress and confinement and often even pay with their lives. Who are we to gauge what animals feel?

“All animals, no matter how great or small, are sentient beings and are here on this Earth for a purpose – and that purpose is not human entertainment.”

The actress went on to add that she’s been approached by bosses about appearing on the show several times, but says she will never accept the offer.

“This abuse is why I have never been on the show and never will be,” she wrote. “I have been asked whether I’d be interested several times but have always declined for many reasons.”

Rula’s comments come just days after Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford gave his input on the use of live animals on the show.

Mr Drakeford decided to weigh in on the matter after The Guardian reported that the hit ITV show is currently under police investigation amid wildlife concerns.

Reportedly, the investigation was sparked after many claimed to be concerned that the animals used in the trials could have escaped into the Welsh countryside.

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However ITV has since defended its use of critters, insisting that all animals used during the programme are “non-invasive species”.

“If there have been some infringement then it’s right that they are investigated.

“We would be concerned about non-native species being released.”

He claimed that “viewers will have seen the stories from Denmark recently about mink and coronavirus crossing species.

“We wouldn’t want to see non-native species being released here in Wales because of the risks that that could pose to the health of other wildlife but potentially, as in the Danish situation, the risk to human health as well.”

Mr Drakeford added that despite the current concerns over wildlife, the programme has “brought the eyes of people outside Wales to Wales”.

Speaking of the triumph for Wales, he said: “Looking ahead to next year, of course, we look forward very much to being able to welcome people back here to Wales.”

Express.co.uk has contacted a spokesperson for ITV for comment.

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