TOWIE'S Lydia Bright blasted for piggy polish

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Lydia Bright

Lydia Bright

The Only Way Is Essex's Lydia Bright has been blasted by animal rights campaigners after painting her pet pig's trotters red to match her Christian Louboutin shoes on Sunday night's (20.03.11) show.

The Only Way Is Essex's Lydia Bright has been blasted by animal rights campaigners.

The 20-year-old blonde - who painted her pet pig Mr. Darcy's trotters red to match her Christian Louboutin shoes on Sunday night's (20.03.11) show - has been slammed as an "idiot" for using the porky pal, bought for her at Christmas by boyfriend James 'Arg' Argent, as a "plaything".

Pig-breeder Bill Howes explained: "She's an idiot. Pigs are noble creatures, not playthings. Pigs are farm animals, not some silly domestic pets. They should be treated with dignity and respect."

In scenes which also saw ditzy Lydia take Mr. Darcy to a party to celebrate the launch of fellow 'The Only Way Is Essex' star Sam Faiers and her sister Billie's now boutique, the polished pet piggy caused havoc when he urinated on the floor of the shop.

RSPCA farm animals expert Julia Wrathall thinks the shocking scenes have "raised serious questions" about Lydia's attitude towards the creature.

Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper, she added: "This raises serious questions about attitudes towards pigs, seeing them as playthings rather than highly intelligent creatures."

However, a spokesperson for the ITV2 show has confirmed despite the claims, both Lydia and Arg are "caring" pig owners.

The representative said: "Lydia and Arg have a pig walking licence and are caring owners."

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