Chris Packham calls for “police investigation” against I’m A Celebrity Crayfish

Chris Packham has called for a police investigation.

The 59-year-old Springwatch legend called for an investigation after fears revealed that bosses had released “invasive” crabs into the wild last year.

Chris has called on the police to investigate (Photo credit:

Why is Chris Packham angry with I’m a Celebrity?

The Turkish freshwater crayfish could be a “disaster” for British crayfish as they are more aggressive.

Mo Farah had to compete with the crabs in last year’s series.

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The show has been relocated to Wales instead of Australia due to COVID travel restrictions.

Chris said, “If they don’t have the proper license and the necessary precautions to prevent these animals from entering the UK’s freshwater ecosystem …

“… then they seem to have violated our environmental laws.”

Chris Packham criticizes I'm A Celebrity for using alien crabs on I'm A Celebrity
The series used crayfish in a trial last year (Credit: ITV)

Chris continued: “[These] Laws designed to protect our already depleted biodiversity.

“So that would be a grave violation and a grave matter – so I hope the police will seriously investigate and prosecute you if there is a case.

“The abuse of animals in this program has to come to an end – hopefully it will lead to it.”

Andrew Maxwell
The show has been scrutinized before (Credit: ITV)

Not the first time …

It’s not the first time the hit ITV reality show has been at the center of the “welfare rules” controversy.

Prior to the November 2020 series, the RSPCA announced that it would be closely monitoring the show.

During its run, I’m A Celebrity was criticized for using live animals and insects during the bushtucker trials.

Read more: I’m a Celebrity Stars are “NOT fed live insects” in bushtucker trials

Even though it dumped the live animals, the series is still under scrutiny.

“If there are complaints or something is seen, we will investigate,” said the RSPCA.

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