SYDNEY — Oz reality TV is in hot water with animal rights group RSPCA for the third time in recent weeks.
The group has written to Channel 10 and production company Grundy Television to protest a segment that showed an “Australian Idol” contestant demonstrating how to hunt and kill a feral pig. Idol wannabe Shaye Biancha showed in detail her “hobby” of slaying pigs with a knife by role-playing the hunt and the fatal stabbing with new “Idol” judge Kyle Sandilands helpfully filling in for the pig.
“Animal cruelty is not hilarious. It is not funny. The links between animal cruelty and other forms of abuse are quite clear and very frightening,” said RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty.
The furor follows the investigation of Oz “Big Brother” evictee, Glenn Dallinger, for cruelty to animals after he boasted on the reality skein that he ran over a kangaroo with a car and beat it to death with a piece of wood.
In June, pubcaster ABC debuted reality skein “Outback House,” which put 16 people on a farm to live like early settlers. The RSPCA complained after newborn lambs died when the contestants failed to correctly identify pregnant ewes and one reality star kicked a rooster.