Storm in a teacup / rat in a risotto
From BBC News 06/12/09:
I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! winner Gino D'Acampo and Stuart Manning face charges of animal cruelty after cooking and eating a rat in the show.
The RSPCA in New South Wales, Australia, said it was "not acceptable" that a rat had been killed by the pair as part of a performance.
Police confirmed they had issued court attendance notices for 3 February 2010.
The Italian chef and actor ate the rat after they were "exiled" and reduced to rations of rice and beans on the show.
D'Acampo, 33, told the show's video diary room, the Bush Telegraph: "I saw one of these rats running around. I got a knife, I got its throat, I picked it up."
The "exiled" group, including 30-year-old Manning, ate the rat as part of a meal.
Ch Insp David Oshannessy, from the RSPCA in New South Wales, told BBC Radio 5 live there was a "code of practice" which dictated how animals could be used in theatrical productions and films.
"The killing of a rat for a performance is not acceptable. The concern is this was done purely for the cameras," he said.
This strikes me as utterly ridiculous. I would actually contend that the rat wasn’t killed ‘purely for the cameras’ but rather purely for sustenance. But oh well. As well as complaining about cockroaches being ill-treated, Australian animal rights busybodies are also grumbling about horses getting their hooves wet in a river.
If you want to see an example of genuine animal cruelty, see this.