French reality TV show attackedfor animal deaths

25th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 25 (AFP) - A reality TV show featuring minor French celebrities living on a farm has been hit with a lawsuit by the company supplying the barnyard animals which alleged more than a dozen chickens were killed during the production.

PARIS, June 25 (AFP) - A reality TV show featuring minor French celebrities living on a farm has been hit with a lawsuit by the company supplying the barnyard animals which alleged more than a dozen chickens were killed during the production.

The animal-supplier, Arts France, is suing the French subsidiary of Dutch production company Endemol which licensed the show "Ferme Celebrites" ("Celebrity Farm") to leading commercial network TF1.

It alleges that 15 chickens perished after pecking the non-slip covering on the floor of the set, while a rooster was crushed by a carelessly thrown bale of hay.

A small pony which was to have arrived on the set by a moving walkway slipped and was so badly hurt it was unable to move for three weeks, Arts France added.

The programme, which entailed small-time actors, socialites, singers and an ex-beauty queen roughing it on a farm with no electricity or running water, was one of France's most popular shows. Its finale last week attracted one viewer in three, of 6.3 million people.

Arts France said it waited until the show was over to announce the lawsuit.

A spokesman said the company had parted ways with Endemol at the end of May because of "a disdain for the work of the animals, even though that is regulated by the law".

Endemol France refused to comment on the case, saying it was "in the hands of the lawyers".

© AFP

 

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