30 June 2011

Simon Cowell backed game show criticized for painting sheep

Animal rights activists have condemned a stunt involving painted sheep that was filmed for the new Simon Cowell backed game show Red or Black.

According to the Daily Star, the co-hosts of the new program, Anthony McPartlin (Ant) and Declan Donnelly (Dec), were spotted taping a segment flanked by red and black painted sheep.

Not surprisingly the good people over at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) were not amused.

“It’s never a good idea to make sheep, or any animals, props,” stated a spokesperson for PETA.

On the flipside, officials at ITV1, the network that will air Red or Black, used a similar retort to the one utilized by the producers of the Selena Gomez video that almost starred a pink colored horse.

You know the good ole fallback, the sheep were not harmed in any way and the paint was “totally harmless and non-toxic.”

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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