PETA slams Bachelor producers as RSPCA vows to investigate

Viewers of The Bachelor were up in arms over the use of animals during a group date on Wednesday night's episode.

And animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has weighed in on the controversy, following the RSPCA's criticism of Channel Ten.

'Pinning down piglets to win a date is ridiculous, and hardly romantic,' PETA wrote in a statement to Daily Mail Australia on Thursday.

Unimpressed: On Thursday, animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) weighed in on The Bachelor's use of piglets during a group date on Wednesday night's episode

Unimpressed: On Thursday, animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) weighed in on The Bachelor's use of piglets during a group date on Wednesday night's episode

'Pigs are intelligent, curious, sensitive animals who can recognise their own names, love being scratched and cuddled, and can even learn to play video games.

The statement continued: 'They would be terrified, and not amused, by having yelling, boisterous, fully-grown adults chasing, grabbing and falling on top of them.'

PETA went on to urge the show's producers to get familiar with the friendly animals.

 'Pinning down piglets to win a date is ridiculous, and hardly romantic,' PETA wrote in a statement to Daily Mail Australia on Thursday

 'Pinning down piglets to win a date is ridiculous, and hardly romantic,' PETA wrote in a statement to Daily Mail Australia on Thursday

'The next time The Bachelor producers wish to include pigs in an episode, we suggest they visit an animal sanctuary get to know these gentle creatures on their own terms.'

The statement comes after the RSPCA also criticised Channel Ten producers for the use of piglets for entertainment on the show.

Viewers watched the bachelorettes battle it out during a 'pig catching' game, which sparked outrage.  

 'We did NOT approve the use of piglets in filming': The RSCPA hits back at The Bachelor producers and will be investigating after contestants had to catch 'terrified' pigs

After producers defended the segment and claimed they had the RSPCA's approval to use the piglets, the animal welfare charity told Daily Mail Australia that approval had not actually been granted.

In a statement released on Thursday, it was also revealed that an investigation will be launched after contestants on the show had to catch 'terrified' piglets in a pen.

'RSPCA NSW did not approve the use of piglets in the filming of the Bachelor as claimed by Warner Bros,' the statement read.

Claims: The statement adds that calls to producers have gone unanswered

Claims: The statement adds that calls to producers have gone unanswered

'The submission of a film notification form is a legal requirement to film with animals, but it is not an 'approval'. 

'The notification form supplied by Warner Bros in relation to this incident does not align with the events that took place on set, which claimed 'piglets will be in a fenced pen and they will herd them and place them in another fenced pen.'

The statement adds that calls to producers have gone unanswered.

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