A PRANKSTER who swallowed a frog and a lizard as part of an online drinking game has apologised for the stunt.
Sheldon Jeans said his actions were ‘silly’ and that the creatures survived the ordeal after claiming he regurgitated them.
But the 23-year-old questioned why other people are not punished for eating animals, such as contestants taking part in the ‘bushtucker trial’ on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here.
He said: ‘You see it on I’m A Celebrity and because it’s for entertainment, they say it’s okay,’ he said.
‘People sit in restaurants and watch lobsters being boiled and because it’s for food, it’s allowed.
‘If you go to another country you see lizards in markets. In other countries it’s food.’
He added: ‘It was just a silly thing. It was a Neknomination.
‘I just wanted to do something no-one else had done.
‘It was stupid and now I am paying for it.
‘I got a mate to buy them from a shop. I released them into the wild. I regret what I did.’
The animals were swallowed by Jeans on February 3 this year as part of the Neknomination game.
In the 90-second clip he posted on Facebook, Jeans can be seen putting the frog and then the lizard into glasses of water and swallowing them while they were still clearly moving.
Jeans was also seen drinking a glass with crickets in it before he swallowed the frog and lizard.
He is stripped to the waist and wearing a ‘scouser’ wig and moustache.
The video was used as evidence by the RSPCA, which brought a prosecution to Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Jeans was ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to a frog and a lizard by swallowing them.
He was told to pay £1,200 in costs. But Jeans, of Longwood Avenue, Cowplain, claimed there are other acts of animal cruelty that go unpunished.
Animal welfare laws covers animals with backbones, but not invertebrates such as insects, octopus and lobster.