Face charges of Cruelty after killing and eating a rat

December 8, 2009 at 8:41 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
clipped from news.bbc.co.uk
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.

 Gino Stuart Manning (left) and Gino D'Acampo

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.”

“Production staff have to submit a notification form to the RSPCA or Animal Welfare League – both are charged with responsibilities under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

“They are due to attend court at Murwillumbah local court on 3 February 2010.”

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