Ryan Thomas sparks outrage for posting snap of his kids riding chained up camel

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Ryan Thomas has taken to social media to share a photo of his children riding a chained up camel in Abu Dhabi.

The former Corrie actor, 37, is currently in the United Arab Emirates city with his fiancée Lucy Mecklenburgh.

The couple are also with their son Roman, one, and Ryan's daughter Scarlett, 12, from his relationship with Coronation Street actress Tina O'Brien.

After Scarlett's late arrival on the family holiday, Celebrity Big Brother winner Ryan shared a snap of them with Roman riding a camel on the beach.

But some of his 1.1 million followers were seriously unimpressed.

One wrote: "Camels are not a mode of transport poor thing"

Another said: "Oh no please don’t promote cruelty to these beautiful creatures."

A third added: "Poor camel. They get treated horrific."

While a fourth fumed: "Those poor camels. You should know better than this and use your public platform to help animals not ride on them. You should be ashamed."

The official line from the RSPCA on riding camels on holiday is: "Avoid riding donkeys, horses, or camels if you suspect any form of cruelty.

"It's easy to think that these animals are used to carrying heavier loads but they may be working very long hours without food or water in the heat."

The couple are currently expecting their second child, and former TOWIE star Lucy, 30, has shown off her growing bump while on their holiday in a white swimsuit.

Posing in a floppy hat and sunglasses, she added: "Tempted to stay!!!!!"

In September the couple was faced with “every parent’s worst nightmare” when Lucy found Roman turning blue in his cot.

He was rushed to Basildon Hospital before being transferred to St Mary’s Hospital, London, and put on a ventilator.

Thankfully, after his viral-induced wheeze, Roman is doing well, but now uses an inhaler twice a day to help his breathing.

With help from their family, friends and fans, Ryan and Lucy have since raised nearly £20,000 to buy high-tech equipment for St Mary’s and provide on-site accommodation for parents so they can be near their children at all times.

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