The Only Way Is Essex star Lydia Bright in hot water with animal rights campaigners over painted pig stunt

The Only Way Is Essex

The Only Way Is Essex blonde bombshell Lydia Bright has found herself in hot water with animal rights campaigners after painting a pig to match her shoes! In the scenes to air in the next few days, Bright decorated her pet piglet Mr Darcy’s trotters in order to match her expensive red Christian Louboutin footwear.

One pig breeder branded the 20-year-old as an idiot, saying: "Pigs are noble creatures, not playthings.” The member of the Tamworth Pig Breeders Club added: “Pigs are farm animals, not some silly domestic pets. They should be treated with dignity and respect.”

Meanwhile RSPCA farm animals expert Julia Wrathall told the Daily Star about the footage: “This raises serious questions about attitudes towards pigs, seeing them as playthings rather than highly intelligent creatures.”

Last night a spokesperson for the show was keen to play down the complaints, saying that piglet Mr Darcy, who was given to Lydia by her boyfriend for Christmas, was well cared for. “Lydia and Arg have a pig walking licence and are caring owners," the spokesperson insisted.

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