Channel 4’s The Island with Bear Grylls features scenes of stranded islanders killing creatures for food. Grylls has previously come under fire from animal lovers and the charity PETA, especially after Olympian Iwan Thomas and former Corrie actor Ryan Thomas were filmed wrestling a crocodile and killing it with a knife.
Ofcom also received hundreds of complaints after episodes where contestants slashed the throat of a sleeping pig.
“I know that you have consultants to advise on animal welfare, but I’m afraid I can guarantee that some animals are harmed during production, because they are fragile or easily stressed,” he wrote.. “Or simply killed, as they are in your ‘Bushtucker Trials’.”
Meanwhile, BBC presenter Attenborough has revealed he is making a move to Netflix – and has agreed to host a show on conservation with the online streaming giant.
He said, “Netflix want me to do something on conservation and have asked me to do it, and I’ve said I would.
“There’s certain things that the BBC can do and can’t do, and I can see some reasons why to do a programme on Netflix rather than the BBC. But while the BBC ask me to do things that’s what I will do.”
Sir David Attenborough will next appear in Attenborough and the Sea Dragon on Sunday 7th January at 8pm on BBC1