'Willy' not wallaby, show says
THE producers of the British reality television series I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here say they definitely did not use wallaby parts in a controversial segment called “Who Wants to Eat a Willy On Air”.
The segment outraged some animal lovers and led to calls for the council to impose new conditions when considering an extension of development approval for the filming site in rainforest north of Murwillumbah.
One animal lover, Menkit Prince, said a marsupial expert had identified the “willy” as probably that of a protected whiptail wallaby.
The director of business affairs for Granada Media Australia Emma McDonald says the company had confirmed “no wallaby parts were used in any bush tucker trials” on the show.
“At each of the bush tucker trials, which feature animals, we have qualified and experienced animal wranglers on site and every trial is carefully tested and developed,” she added.
“All animals used in the program are sourced lawfully from licensed suppliers, and are used in accordance with the Code of Practice for Animals in Film and Theatrical Performance.”
Ms McDonald said RSPCA inspectors had an open invitation to attend during the production.