PETA blast Ant and Dec for sheep stunt
- Bang Showbiz
- 28 June 2011
People for the Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) have blasted Ant and Dec for using spray-painted sheep for a stunt in their new show 'Red Or Black'
Ant and Dec have been blasted for spray painting sheep for their new programme.
The presenting duo have come under fire for the stunt by People for the Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) for the "stressful and frightening" stunt, which saw the animals painted in the colours of their forthcoming blockbuster game show 'Red Or Black'.
A PETA spokesperson said: "It's never a good idea to make sheep, or any animals, props. Sheep are sentient, intelligent and complex animals and flockmates recognise each other even if they've been separated for years.
"Subjecting these shy and sensitive animals to long periods of restrain in order to spray them with potentially noxious chemicals will also be stressful and frightening for them."
However, insiders claim the show - which was created by Simon Cowell and allows one winner to take home a £1 million prize - insist the animals weren't harmed by the paint, which was non-toxic.
A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "I can assure viewers we are not in the business of being cruel to animals. We followed all the proper guidelines for using animals on television.
"While the animals may have looked quite dramatic in their new colours, they did not come to any harm."