Bear Grylls is at the centre of an animal cruelty row over the killings of ‘tame’ pigs, which were placed on the island ahead of the contestants’ arrival.
Bear Grylls reality TV show on Channel 4 ‘The Island’ has been accused of animal cruelty over scenes of graphic pig killing which was SETUP.
The scene at the centre of this row on Channel 4 showed a group of hungry women capturing a sleeping pig and dispatch it with a knife.
The producers of ‘The Island’ confirmed that ‘the animals were tame and had been specially shipped to the island for contestants to hunt and eat’.
Animal rights charity PETA want Bear Grylls arrested for showing and setting up these scenes which show animal cruelty.
A spokesman said: “Killing animals is a cheap ratings ploy and sends an especially harmful message to young viewers, who are greatly influenced by what they see on TV. Bear Grylls and the producers should be prosecuted. Fame doesn’t mean immunity.”
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: ‘The RSPCA opposes practices that cause animals pain, suffering or death in the name of entertainment. It’s unacceptable and could easily cause great distress to the animals. There’s no excuse for using animals in stunts that carry a high risk of them being harmed.’
A Channel 4 spokesman for the Bear Grylls reality show said: ‘All islanders were trained in the humane capture and dispatch of animals. They decided they needed to eat or risk being unable to continue.’