Mystery Meat

Reality Show Stars Eat Rats

What happens in the jungle doesn’t stay in the jungle: Two stars of the U.K. version of I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here! are being charged with animal cruelty for killing and eating rats during their time on the show. Chef Gino D’Acampo and actor Stuart Manning were filmed dishing up the rodents for the reality show, and though producers usually have animal-welfare officers on set, they were not present at the time. Animal-rights activists have been up in arms over the stunt, and the two men could face a maximum of three years in prison. “The killing of a rat for a performance is not acceptable. The concern is this was done purely for the cameras,” said a spokesperson from the New South Wales RSPCA. The television network, D’Acampo, and Stuart have yet to comment on the incident.