Peers slam I'm A Celebrity for bringing 'non-native' bugs to Wales

Peers slam I'm A Celebrity for bringing 'non-native' bugs to Wales

December 1, 2020

Peers slam ‘stupid and irresponsible’ I’m A Celebrity producers for bringing ‘non-native’ bugs to Wales to ‘bite’ contestants

  • I’m A Celebrity’s use of alien bugs was attacked during debate in House of Lords 
  • Peers complained that use of non-native insects was ‘stupid and irresponsible’ 
  • The programme has defended its practices after moving to Wales due to Covid

Peers have delivered a bruising rebuke to ‘idiot’ I’m A Celebrity… producers for bringing ‘non-native’ bugs to Wales. 

The hit ITV series was slated during a debate in the House of Lords for the ‘stupid and irresponsible’ activities in the latest series. 

The programme has been relocated to Wales from Australia this year due to coronavirus restrictions.  

A range of insects have been used during the notoriously unpleasant trials in which contestants try to secure food and other prizes.

Police were recently reported to have given ‘suitable advice’ to the production team following criticism of its use of alien insects – although the show has defended its practices. 

During an environmental debate last night, Tory Lord Cormack hit out at ‘idiots bringing in bugs to bite people who are camping in Wales’.

During an environmental debate last night, Tory Lord Cormack hit out at ‘idiots bringing in bugs to bite people who are camping in Wales’

I’m A Celebrity (pictured) has been relocated to Wales from Australia this year due to coronavirus restrictions

He added: ‘What an irresponsible, stupid, ridiculous thing to do.’

Lord Cormack said he had never watched the programme but it should be re-titled: ‘I’m an Idiot… Get Me Out Of Here!’

Another Tory peer, the Earl of Caithness said it was ‘crassly stupid’ for a television programme to release bugs and insects into the environment.

He said it amounted to ‘playing with nature’ and was ‘totally stupid’.

The criticism came as peers debated the environmental impact of the high-speed rail project HS2 in a report stage debate on the High Speed Rail (West Midlands-Crewe) Bill.

A spokesman for I’m A Celebrity previously defended its use of bugs, saying: ‘All of the insects used on I’m A Celebrity are non-invasive species.

‘They are only ever released in a contained area and collected immediately after filming.

‘The bugs are UK-bred and are commercially purchased in the UK for birds and exotic animal feed for pets and zookeepers in normal circumstances.’

A range of insects have been used during the notoriously unpleasant trials in which contestants try to secure food and other prizes. Pictured, Russell Watson doing a challenge last night

Another Tory peer, the Earl of Caithness said it was ‘crassly stupid’ for a television programme to release bugs and insects into the environment

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