A Cambodian couple who had gotten millions of views for their Youtube channel where they were shown preparing, cooking and then eating animals of all kinds have been arrested by the local government after viewers complained they had started consuming various ‘endangered species’.
Ms. Ah Lin Tuch hosted the ‘survivalist life’ channel together with her husband Mr. Phoun Raty in which she could be seen eating ten animals near her home in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
But now the country’s Ministry of Environment has tracked the couple down and arrested them. They have publicly apologized for ‘destroying our wildlife’.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A CAMBODIAN woman was arrested after she filmed herself cooking and EATING endangered animals so she could earn money on YouTube. Mum-of-one Ah Lin Tuch and husband Phoun Raty… <a href="https://t.co/6UoBuOJRMy">https://t.co/6UoBuOJRMy</a></p>— Xpose Trophy Hunting (@XposeTrophyHunt) <a href="https://twitter.com/XposeTrophyHunt/status/996072746898677760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 14, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Mr Chea Sam Arng, head of the Environment Ministry’s General Directorate for Administration of Nature Conservation and Protection, stated: “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.”
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Ms. Ah Lin’s husband, Phoun, said: “I bought the wildlife at Preak Phnov and we started filming our videos since December. Now I have already admitted my mistake.”
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The videos are currently still on Youtube even though the endangered animals such as the fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus), the lizard, the large heron and other species of birds have been removed. According to the couple they bought the wildlife ‘from a local market’ then cooked it.