Reality TV Stars Charged for Cooking Rats
Two contestants in the ninth series of reality show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here are being charged for animal cruelty after they have killed, cooked and ate rats to improve their meals.
Series winner chef Gino D’Acampo (right picture) and fellow contestant Stuart Manning (left ) are expected to appear in court in Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia, on February 3. Once convicted, they will face an imprisonment of three years and pay penalty of 2,000 Australian Dollars.
Fellow contestant George Hamilton claimed that they have asked the show’s crew if they can eat rats. The crew said yes. Unfortunately, rats are one of the animals that the show has no approval to slaughter. The show has been approved to let contestants eat invertebrates but killing and eating animals not bred for food are not included on the list.
D’Acampo and his group had decided to kill the rats that they had seen running around to improve the group’s meal of rice and beans. The rat would add protein to the meal.