Robert Irwin, the son of late Australian celebrity zookeeper Steve Irwin, has been named in an investigation by animal rights group PETA into alleged animal cruelty on television.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is calling for popular US late-night talk show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, to be investigated for allowing celebrity guests to handle animals for entertainment purposes.
"Animals suffer every time they're exposed to the chaos of a television set and passed around like props," PETA said in a statement to Page Six.
PETA's letter to the New York City Health Department accuses the show's on-set animal handler Grant Kemmerer for allowing celebrities to handle animals, despite Kemmerer being the only person qualified to do so.
The organisation listed the actions of Steve Irwin's 15-year-old son Robert Irwin as examples of on-air animal cruelty, claiming his handling of an alligator, a miniature horse and a millipede on separate occasions constituted "cruel" practice.
However this isn't the first time PETA has taken aim towards the Irwin family.
"The PETA people hate Steve Irwin," said entertainment reporter Peter Ford.
"They still, after all these years, they go after him. They hate any TV show showing animals and they hate animals in captivity of any kind."
SOURCE: Newshub's Lana Andelane.