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05/06/2015 17:02 BST | Updated 05/06/2015 19:59 BST

Bear Grylls Royal Institution Talk Interrupted By PETA Supporters, Protesting About Claims Of Animal Cruelty During 'The Island' (VIDEO)

Bear Grylls got a bit more than he bargained for when he sat down for a talk at the Royal Institution today - he was interrupted not once but THREE times by protestors speaking out against what they claim is animal cruelty during the production of his TV show 'The Island with Bear Grylls'.

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Bear Grylls is accosted by protestors at his Royal Institution talk today

Bear was sitting down when his talk was interrupted by the first protestor, carrying a banner and calling him to account on her claim that a pig was shipped to Panama, specifically to have the contestants slit its throat. Bear stood up to accost the protestor, saying it wasn't true, adding, "All of those animals were indigenous to the island, I promise you."

Watch the video above of the protestors stop Bear mid-flow

No sooner had he escorted the first protestor out, than a second lady appeared on the other side of the room, shouting as well. And then a third. By then, the audience appeared to be getting pretty fed up with the interruptions, but Bear remained typically unflappable.

The women, part of People For Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), also claim that, on a previous episode, contestants tracked down and killed an endangered American crocodile, an animal protected under the US Endangered Species Act.

A Channel 4 spokesperson told HuffPostUK: "Indigenous animals and vegetative food sources were added to ensure that there were enough resources for the men and women to survive. Meat was a vital part of their survival as it is a source of valuable calories and protein. All islanders were trained in the humane capture and dispatch of live animals and the animals were killed humanely."

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