...By Alan Peterson for TDPel Media.
Viewers of Channel 4’s Scared Of The Dark have criticized the show for alleged animal cruelty after a challenge that involved a live rabbit.
During the challenge, celebrity contestants poked and prodded the pet rabbit while trying to guess what was inside a box.
The challenge involved sticking their hands into five boxes to guess the objects inside.
Even before the celebrities started the challenge, a loud klaxon sounded, making Gazza and Chloe jump, and then they both screamed as they started to touch the rabbit.
Presenter Danny Dyer commented on the poor animal, saying “Poor little Thumper.”
The challenge sparked immediate criticism on social media, with many accusing the show of animal cruelty.
Many Twitter users promised to contact Ofcom, including one who shared a link for people to use to contact Ofcom, urging them to do so.
Channel 4 has not yet made any comments on the matter.
The challenge involved five boxes, and the celebrities had to guess what was inside them without being able to see.
The rabbit was one of the objects in the boxes, along with a feather duster, a string of sausages, gherkins, and a living human hand.
While there was no suggestion that the contestants meant any harm to the rabbit, angry viewers have accused Channel 4 of allowing the challenge to take place.
The incident has led to a heated debate on social media, with some dismissing the criticism as “snowflakes” and others expressing their concern for animal welfare.
It is unclear whether the incident will have any legal repercussions for Channel 4 or the show.
However, it serves as a reminder that animal welfare is an important issue that should not be taken lightly.