Rotisseried rat ructions unfair to politicians


“Having sought health and safety advice, the go-ahead was given purely on this basis, when it became clear that there would not be any harmful effects of eating a properly prepared and cooked rat.”

The British TV unreality hit show “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here” is obviously no Mickey Mouse outfit. It sought health and culinary advice before allowing celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo and soap star Stuart Manning to dispatch a rat, cook it and send it down the hatch as survival rations during a “jungle endurance test” in Australia’s Murwillumbah bush at the weekend.

An ITV spokesman said it had no idea that killing a rat was an offence after the two were charged with “the offence of animal cruelty”.(Other contestants sensibly sampled “bush tucker” such as witchetty grubs and kangaroo testicles, neither of which seems to have attracted cruelty charges. The kangaroo might have something to say about that).

Rather than rat rissotto the offenders should have stuck to ratatouille. Surely everybody knows that the only people entitled to eat dead rats are senior politicians.  (The wannabes are too busy queueing up with celerity for a shot at I’m not a Celebrity…Get Me Into There”)

D’Acampo might decamp real quick, but to add a bit of real reality and get the SPCA off their back,  perhaps next time the Survivor-style  show’s producers could suggest a spot of cannibalism.


Regina Spektor – Dead Rat    If you think celebrity “reality” shows are bad try this.


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