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I’m A Celebrity ‘could be investigated by RSPCA if animal welfare rules are broken’

How will the Bushtucker Trials look this year?

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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! could be the subject of an RSPCA investigation this year it breaks animal welfare rules.

A report claims that the animal welfare body will take a close look at the series.

The show will come under scrutiny this year (Credit: ITV)

What did the RSPCA say about I’m A Celebrity?

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the ratings-busting reality show will go ahead this year.

But instead of the Australian jungle, I’m A Celeb has announced that it’s moving to a castle in Wales.

It’s unconfirmed whether the infamous Bushtucker Trials will take place or in what form, but a spokesperson for the RSPCA said it will be keeping a close eye on proceedings.

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“The Animal Welfare Act covers all animals, and you’re not allowed to distress [them],” the spokesperson told Metro.

“And if complaints were received or if anything was seen, we would investigate that.”

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Campmates constantly have to endure creepy crawlies (Credit: ITV)

The Bushtucker trials have come under scrutiny

The show is well known for its Trials, which see celeb campmates complete tasks featuring insects and other animals.

Campmates also eat various animal parts to win nice food and luxuries.

In last year’s series, the likes of Ian Wright, Andy Whyment and eventual winner Jacqueline Jossa often had creepy crawlies all over them.

But over the years, critics have slammed the show for having campmates feast on living insects.

Following campaigns that have included objections from BBC Autumnwatch host and wildlife expert Chris Packham, bosses served up only dead bugs in last year’s series.

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I’m A Celebrity campmates are staying in a ‘haunted’ castle (Credit: Unsplash.com)

Reports say this year’s I’m A Celebrity outing will see campmates compete for hot water.

They will reportedly have to bathe in a tin bathtub.

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An insider told The Sun: “Planning the jungle – as with most other shows – has been very difficult as producers navigate a dynamic and fast changing situation.

“What is okay one day, is impossible the next.

“The team have had many, many different contingency plans in play to deal with all the various possibilities that COVID-19 has presented.”

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