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TV JANE IS RAPPED ON ELEPHANT RIDES; Animal campaigners' anger over singer's travel show advice; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: TOM BRYANT Head of Showbiz

STORM Monty Don on ride caused outrage JANE McDonald has come under fire after being accused of condoning cruel elephant rides.

Channel 5 has been hit with complaints over its BAFTA-winning show Cruising with Jane McDonald, which aired on Friday night.

Jane, 56, was touring Jaipur, in India, when she saw elephants on the street on the way to the Amer Fort.

The presenter and singer says on the show: "Nowadays there are government guidelines for how elephants are treated and cared for.

"It's a steep walk up the hill to get to the fort so I would definitely recommend getting a ride unless you are feeling particularly fit."

Audrey Gaffney, of Ethical Bucket List, which launches next month, said: "It is disappointing to see, yet again, a primetime show promoting elephant rides. "There is no ethical way to ride an elephant, they are not designed to carry weight on their backs.

"They are taken from their mothers as calves, subjected to a cruel 'breaking' training and denied appropriate vet care, exercise, nutrients and water.

"Elephants are expected to stand for hours without shade and denied food and water as they don't urinate or have bowel movements in front of tourists.

"It is disappointing Channel 5 failed to provide the true nature of this attraction." Actor and animal rights activist There Peter Egan called the programme "dreadful".

He added: "Are you aware Channel 5 and Jane McDonald of the shocking 'breaking of the spirit' imposed on these wonderful elephants so you get to ride one?"

Save The Asian Elephants said it was "appalled at the damaging Jane McDonald programme ignoring the brutality involved and dangers to tourists largely suppressed by travel companies"

Last year an episode of BBC2 show Paradise Gardens, which showed Monty Don riding an elephant, was taken off air amid cruelty claims. The Mirror is noway to unearthed footage of animals being chained and beaten where Monty's ride was filmed.

Jane was not seen riding an elephant.

Channel 5 said: "The rides being recommended weight OF THE LIST were jeep rides, as taken by Jane herself. We accept this wasn't as clear as it could be. Neither Jane, the programme nor Channel 5 were condoning riding elephants in India."

Jane said: "The programme could have been a little more clear. I was not recommending elephant rides at all, which I find a horrible abuse of animals."

tom.bryant@mirror.co.uk @MirrorTom

"There is no ethical way to ride elephants, they are not designed to carry weight AUDREY GAFFNEY of the ethical bucket list

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