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Ant McPartlin Faces Backlash Over ‘Cruel’ Treatment Of Pony

Ant McPartlin is facing a huge backlash over his 'cruel' treatment of a pony during the filming of the new ITV trailer for I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. 
Credit: @antanddec/Instagram & ITV

Ant McPartlin is facing a huge backlash over his ‘cruel’ treatment of a Shetland pony during the filming of the new ITV trailer for I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here

According to reports, behind-the-scene footage has revealed that the 45-year-old rode on the small of the pony’s back while dressed as a knight.

The activity has been condemned by PETA who have slammed the TV presenter for trying to get ‘cheap laughs’.

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Ant McPartlin is facing a huge backlash over his ‘cruel’ treatment of a pony. Credit: ITV

In a statement, the charity said: “Is there anything I’m A Celebrity wouldn’t do in a desperate attempt to get cheap laughs at the expense of animals’ welfare?

“This stunt caused a Shetland pony to struggle and risk acute back pain and even lameness.”

After condemning the incident, PETA’s director, Elisa Allen, told the MailOnline that the organisation is urging producers of the show to ‘find more creative and humane ways of introducing its absurd antics’.

The animal rights organisation aren’t the only ones to be complaining about McPartlin’s treatment of the pony.

Over on Twitter, several people have said they will no longer be watching I’m A Celeb.

One person tweeted: “@ITV disgusting your clip. Ant McPartlin riding a Shetland pony, you’re just as bad as Pontius Eustice. No consideration for animal welfare, you can see he is far too tall to ride such a small pony.

“Won’t be watching I’m A Celebrity, it’s had its day now, time for it to stop.”

While on Ant and Dec’s official Instagram, another penned: “I love you guys and think you are both brilliant but this is not funny at all. The strain you will be putting on that small pony’s back is huge. Disappointed in you guys.”

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