ITV Fined For Ratgate
Celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo and Hollyoaks actor Stuart Manning started the controversy last year by killing and eating a rat while taking part on the series.
A Sydney court has now imposed a fine of $3,000 (£1,600) after hearing that the rat took a minute and a half to die and suffered unnecessary pain after being stabbed.
The charges were initially levied at Manning and D’Acampo themselves but were dropped when ITV revealed that its production staff had given the pair permission to kill the rat and had only looked into whether or not eating it would make them ill.
A spokesperson said, “ITV has apologised for the mistake which led to the incident. The production was unaware that killing a rat could be an offence, criminal or otherwise, in New South Wales, and accepts that further inquiries should have been made.
“This was an oversight, and we have since thoroughly reviewed our procedures, and are putting in place a comprehensive training programme to ensure that this does not happen in future series.”