I'm a Celeb Contestants Charged in Rat-Eating
Animal-rights activists not amused by stunt
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 6, 2009 9:05 AM CST
Stuart Manning arrives for the British Soap Awards 2008 at BBC Television Centre on May 3, 2008 in London, England.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Turns out that killing and eating a rat on I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here was a bad idea on many levels—including the animal cruelty charges that two contestants are now facing. Series winner and chef Gino D'Acampo and actor Stuart Manning are facing charges in Australia after animal-rights activists filed a complaint, reports the AP.

"The killing of a rat for a performance is not acceptable. The concern is this was done purely for the cameras," said a New South Wales RSPCA rep, adding that the show did not have an animal-rights officer on-set, as is normally required when animals are involved in a production. D'Acampo and Manning face a maximum of three years in prison.