The show called 'proefkonijnen' (loosely translated as 'guinea pigs') is aired by BNN, a public broadcasting corporation and explores 'science questions'.
It is not the first time BNN raises controversy. In June 2007 it aired 'De Grote Donorshow' ('The Great Donor Show'), which involved a terminally ill old woman donating a kidney to one of twenty-five people requiring a kidney transplantation. The show ended with the host, Patrick Lodiers, revealing that the show was a hoax with the purpose of drawing attention to problem of shortage of donors.
Perhaps this latest piece of shock TV will also turn out to be a hoax; otherwise another low will be set in reality TV history.