A WHOPPING 4,000 complaints were made about I’m A Celebrity this year.
The majority of viewers objected to the show having former health secretary Matt Hancock in the line-up.
Among the 3,727 complaints, there were 64 concerning the welfare of animals in Matt’s helmet trial.
There were also 18 complaints about the dingo dollars questions after campmates kept missing out on treats.
The grot yoga trial that saw Boy George, Seann Walsh and Mike Tindall drenched in slime while doing yoga poses.
Animal charity RSPCA slammed the ITV show over the “cruel” treatment of live animals on the show.
It started up a petition to demand the use of live animals is stopped after MP Matt was put inside a tank of more than 30 snakes during a bushtucker trial.
The RSPCA slammed the “stressful” environments inflicted on some creatures, and slammed ITV bosses for “concerning” treatment including “dropping, throwing and the rough handling” of animals.
“Life’s a scream, unhappy campers,” the RSPCA captioned their petition, which calls to end the use of bugs, reptiles and mammals.
“Returning for its 22nd season, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here is one of ITV’s most anticipated reality shows. It’s also one of the most worrying,” the petition page reads.
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“Every year, we are faced with serious concerns about the use of animals, including snakes, insects and other live creatures during the filming of the show.
“Since ‘I’m a Celebrity’ was first aired, animals have been dropped, thrown, handled roughly, crushed, chased, overcrowded, scared by contestants and prevented from escaping from stressful experiences.
“We’re more concerned than ever about the use of live animals on the show and the example it sets for viewers.
“The show’s messaging and the potential to prompt people to try and copy the ‘Bushtucker trials’ at home is also worrying.
“We feel that deliberately portraying species as nasty or frightening or as objects that can be used purely for entertainment rather than sentient, living creatures sends out totally the wrong message.”
It’s not the first time that the RSPCA have hit out against the ITV show – as in 2020 they called for the end of using live animals.