NEW DELHI: Entertainment channels that feature reality shows depicting scenes like live insects being eaten and animals being abused as an act of courage have been asked by their self-regulatory body today to stop airing such programmes.
The Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) also noted that several film award shows telecast on TV contained double meaning jokes and adult humour and wanted the channels concerned to screen them only after 11 pm.
Noting that several TV programmes were exploiting animals, birds and insects for the sake of entertainment, the Broadcasting Complaints Content Council asked entertainment channels not to air such content that was creating wrong impression among the viewers.
In an advisory issued today, the BCCC, which is the self- regulatory body for non-news channels headed by former Chief Justice of Delhi high court Justice A P Shah, said many entertainment channels especially those airing reality shows, were exhibiting content extremely harmful to animals. The council covers around 235 TV networks.
"For instance, live insects are eaten to show courage in a manner that is distasteful and not conducive to health. A few channels have a reality show in which animals are killed week after week and animal parts such as sheep eyeballs and worms eaten in order to show bravery," the BCCC said.
The BCCC said it was disturbing that "some channels rope in popular movie stars in serials in which animals are depicted, and project their being stalked, teased, tails being pulled at, food being pulled away, etc, i.e. veritable torture of animals as an act of bravery."
Not only are animals hurt and killed before, during and post filming, in many cases animals, especially reptilian and wild mammalian, are depicted as cruel and fearful, when in fact they are placed in unnatural environments, and their natural behaviour is repressed, the advisory said.
It added that such incorrect depiction led to wrong impression being created and spread of