I'm A Celebrity have been hit by pressure to ban critters and other live animals after 11,000 complaints to Ofcom.

The number of complaints has spiraled this year after the ITV show's move from Australia to North Wales.

Rats, snakes, mealworms and cockroaches have been frequently used throughout the years, though Ofcom could have the power to ban using them on the show.

This comes after the RSPCA told The Sun that a campaign had seen 10,697 contact the TV watchdog over their use of animals.

Thousands of critters have been used in the trials so far, from the girls' horrific spa trial to AJ's Chamber of Horrors.

Speaking to the publication, the RSPCA said: "Since I'm A Celebrity was first aired animals have been dropped, thrown, handled roughly, crushed, chased, overcrowded, scared by contestants and prevented from escaping from stressful experiences.

"Sadly, there have also been incidents where animals have been killed for no other purpose than entertainment.

"Only last year Wales banned the use of wild animals for entertainment in circuses, so surely we can move on from using any animal purely for our fun?"

An ITV spokesperson told the publication: "I'm A Celebrity complies with animal welfare law concerning the use of animals."

The Mirror has also contacted ITV for comment.

An insider added that the operator used for the programme has extensive experience in caring for the animals for the film and TV industry.

They continued: "They have a Five Star Animal Welfare Licence for this type of work. They also hold an Animal Performers Licence which is applicable in Wales.

"Our experienced animal handlers look after the animals during filming and many of them belong to the animal handlers."

*I'm A Celebrity airs tonight at 9pm on ITV