Photo of the Day: Protest Outside Channel 4 Over Cruelty on ‘The Island’

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As part of the Channel 4 reality show The Island With Bear Grylls, contestants were filmed creeping up on a sleeping pig and plunging a knife into the animal’s neck. The pig could be heard screaming in pain and terror.

Today, a crowd of protesters made their outrage known by picketing Channel 4’s London headquarters, asking the channel to stop allowing cruelty to occur on its programmes.

The Island Channel 4 Protest May 2015 smallThe Island Channel 4 Protest 2

We’ve also teamed up with Animal Aid, OneKind, and Vegetarians’ International Voice for Animals (VIVA) to call on the broadcaster to ensure that such violence is never aired again by implementing a proper animal-welfare policy. Our joint letter was sent after the show’s producers revealed that the pigs had been shipped to the uninhabited Pearl Islands for the show, expressly for the purpose of being killed and eaten by the contestants.

In a previous episode of the show, contestants tracked down and killed an endangered American crocodile.

Had these incidents taken place in the UK, the contestants could have faced charges and, potentially, time in prison. Torturing and killing animals is a cruel way to attempt to boost ratings and it sends an especially harmful message to young viewers, who are greatly influenced by what they see on TV.

Thousands of people have been calling on the government of Panama to press charges against Bear Grylls and the show’s contestants and producers over the sick stunt. Add your voice.


  • Elaine McConaghie commented on May 13, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    How dare they abuse an innocent animal for the sake of their stupid show!!!

  • Brigitte Daniels commented on May 13, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Complete and utter madness that must be stopped!

  • rosa commented on May 13, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Please have a heart for those innocent animals.

  • JACQUELINE SMITH commented on May 13, 2015 at 4:14 pm


  • Sherell Brown commented on May 13, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    The man is an idiot and shame on those so called celebs who partake it this. Same with the ITV jungle show as well. Animal abuse is not acceptable.

  • Ruth Parry commented on May 13, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    I was so shocked i his behind a pillow like most people and i had to turn the channel when the poor thing screamed,there was no need to kill the poor thing he was quite happily sleeping.. and YOU put him there to die that horrible death so a few fame hungry people could eat.. for what..and don,t just say,, well you can turn it off,, i still hear that animal screaming,,you are disgusting,,if someone crept into your garden and slaughtered your sleeping cat would be happy, I doubt it,,well there was about as much need for this animal to die as for someone to kill your flaming cat.take this stupid programme off the air,, go and watch the homeless try to survive in london.they don,t kill animals to live,,seriously go and get a life,,,one of your own not an innocent animal..

  • kevin commented on May 13, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    hurting is not entertainment

  • Carole Nield commented on May 13, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Disgusting, horrendous behaviour from people who should know better. Animals are not here for our ‘entertainment’ and you should be ashamed of this tv ‘show’ and everyone associated with it.

  • Jacquelinepickford commented on May 13, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Such evil cruelty for no reason we don’t need to watch such barbaric stuff on tv.

  • samantha webb commented on May 13, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    This needs stopping now this is not real survival its just for a tv show, pure evil!!!

  • carol oakes commented on May 13, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    It’s a horrible disgusting show with people that have no regard of treating animals with decency

  • Sarah commented on May 13, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    stopThis disgusting cruelty on this show give them vegetables to eat, all the animals are put there for them to kill and waste most of it.

  • Carissa Jane Fajardo commented on May 13, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Stop torturing animals for fashion!!!!

  • Valerie commented on May 13, 2015 at 5:35 pm


  • Nicola Cusack commented on May 13, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Barbaric behaviour please stop it’s evil and soon we will have have nothing left.

  • Henny Vlaar commented on May 13, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    This has to be stopped!

  • Lynda Johnson commented on May 13, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I could never watch anything like this, it’s over rated and sick. It’s not survival. It’s nothing but another stupid reality TV show only this time gone too far. CH4 should be ashamed of themselves. Animals around the world suffer untold torture in the hands of humans for all sorts of insane reasons.

  • Zoe Flynn commented on May 13, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    this is disgusting, how can this be considered entertainment?!

  • BarrieL commented on May 13, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you PETA for taking this issue so seriously. Importing docile animals into a television set, and then allowing them to be killed live on camera by bloodthirsty contestants marks a new low for our society. Channel 4 considers itself a voice of liberalism and tolerance, and yet the producers of this show had no problem indulging in spectacular animal cruelty in order to boost ratings. It might come as a shock to them that some people believe that both humans AND animals deserve to be treated with dignity. Its a pity only we cant dispatch the cast and crew of the show back to the real Stone Age, because that is clearly where they belong.

    • Mary daniels commented on May 15, 2015 at 10:46 am

      Nothing could have made me commit this despicable act of cruelty …. sensationalism at its very worst. Can hardly believe this took place lout to broadcast it is totally irresponsible and mindless. Someone should be held accountable and charged with animal cruelty. i immediately hoped this issue would be dealt with ….. thank you PETA .

  • TANYA ONG commented on May 13, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    So disgusting this was allowed. These “contestants” need to experience the same kind of pain and terror the animals did..all for the sake of entertainment. Barbaric and obscene.

  • kerry Jordan commented on May 13, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Needless, barbaric, prolonged cruelty…

  • Lisa Short commented on May 13, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    It’s an awful programme, ever since they butchered a poor Cayman in his own territory.

  • James commented on May 13, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Haha this is just a stupid protest. They were in the wild and learning how to survive. For that you must kill an animal to be able to eat

    • S commented on May 27, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      They were killing animals for a fucking TV program-it has nothing to do with survival. Anyway, sometimes animals have to eat people to survive but if they do they get put down.

  • Adrienne Hale commented on May 13, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Vile and barbaric!

  • Adrienne Hale commented on May 13, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Revolting! Horrible!!!!

  • Jayde lee commented on May 13, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    I was the first woman to leave the island. It’s very sad that animals were killed instead of fruit being planted. I said yes to the experiment only when they said no animals would be involved liked last years show. I love animals and this is why I asked about the “making of the show/experiment) after landing in America , before going on i discovered that actually there was a probability that infact it was going to be similar to last years shows with animals .

  • Jacqueline Nelson commented on May 14, 2015 at 12:09 am

    there is no need for this, it’s time all animals had a voice, they are not here to be tour reed or tested on

  • Val Pettitt commented on May 14, 2015 at 7:39 am

    These programmes are unnecessary and are only to enhance the ‘so called’ celebrities fame. No animal should be hurt or killed. Take these horrible programmes off the air.

  • sarah hall commented on May 14, 2015 at 9:14 am

    It isn’t acceptable we try and to stop and help children so why is it ok for animals to not get help?

  • Sandra Skelly commented on May 14, 2015 at 10:37 am

    This is wrong, such cruelty.

  • Tanya Kay commented on May 14, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Killing animals for any sort of entertainment is abhorant & should be punishable as a crime!

  • GOVYS Chantal commented on May 14, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Bravo, il faut mettre le nez des inconscients dans leurs crimes.

  • Tony Parsons commented on May 14, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Please also contact Ofcom, tell them it’s unacceptable to show animal slaughter in the name of entertainment. These Idiots involved in the show want nothing more than 15 minutes of fame, why do it in the name of entertainment, I’m sure if they were genuinely interested, they would find a tour company that specialises in this kind of crap! P.S. its a rip off anyway, remember ‘Shipwrecked’ on channel 4, Sunday, mid morning 5 years ago! Hmmmm

  • H commented on May 15, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    I have heard people claim this program would be harmful to children. I believe the opposite. It is important that we all see where the food we eat comes from. It is unfortunate that a rare species was killed but regarding the pig, it was killed in a quick and humane manner. Rather than worry about one high profile incident more pressure should be applied to those in the food industry who raise and slaughter animal cruelly.

  • charles grady commented on May 16, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    i support you, this is sick and disgusting, the pig was sedated and mutilated for a tv show, i couldn’t care less whteher people can survive on an island or not, this show must be stopped, to be honest of the idiots on the show want to kill each other i would rather see that then an innocent animal being slaughteres

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