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TV chef charged in rat killing

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Two stars of the I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here UK television show have been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly killing and cooking a rat to eat during filming.

Chef Gino D'Acampo, who won the viewer-feedback contest series, and actor Stuart Manning were charged after animal welfare activists lodged a complaint about a segment for the program, which was filmed in Australia, the activists and British media reported Sunday.

They have been asked to appear in court to face the charge on Feb 3. The maximum penalty is three years in prison.

The reality TV show features well known celebrities who are forced to live in the outback going through a series of challenges like eating live bugs, crocodile and other dishes from their surroundings, but animal welfare experts thought serving up this rodent went too far.

The performers and ITV, the network that produces the show, did not immediately respond to media inquiries about the incident.

"The killing of a rat for a performance is not acceptable. The concern is this was done purely for the cameras," David O'Shannessy from the New South Wales RSPCA told the British Broadcasting Corp. He said producers were normally required to have animal welfare officers on the set when animals were used during filming, but in this case it did not take place.

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TV chef charged in rat killing

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TV chef charged in rat killing

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