A woman has been arrested after she filmed herself skinning, cooking and eating endangered animals near her home in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, so that she could earn money on YouTube.
Woman named Ah Lin Tuch and her husband Phoun Raty claimed that they bought the wildlife ‘from a local market’ then cooked it.
She ate: An endangered fishing cat A large lizard Several protected species of birds A king cobra Shark Stingrays Frogs.
Viewers reported her when they realised that many of the animals she was eating near her home in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, were actually protected species. She and her husband Phoun Raty were tracked down by the country’s Ministry of Environment and have publicly apologised for ‘destroying our wildlife’.
They were tracked down by the country’s Ministry of Environment and have publicly apologised for ‘destroying our wildlife’.
Ah Lin Tuch sparked outrage at her choice of food as she presented a ‘survivalist’ life. The couple have removed the clips of Ah Lin eating those animals – but still have footage of her eating frogs, the cobra, shark and a stingray.
Ah Lin said: ‘I don’t even know what kind of animals or birds we used or their impact on wildlife conservation.
‘I bought the wildlife at Preak Phnov and we started filming our videos since December. Now I have already admitted my mistake.’
General Directorate for Administration of Nature Conservation and Protection, said: ‘We are now in the process of taking legal action against them while the working group is preparing a report on the matter.
‘The animals that were cooked were mostly not on the endangered list, but are protected. Only one species was in danger of extinction.’
Government is now investigating the couple and the sources of the wildlife they were seen cooking.