This Cambodian Youtube Couple Filmed Themselves Preparing And Eating Protected Animals

Andrea A.
24/6/2018

In Cambodia, a Youtube couple filmed themselvescooking and eating protected and endangered animals. Shocked Internet users then warned the authorities. They will both have to face up to their actions in court.[caption id="attachment_53553" align="alignnone" width="771"]

Screen shot of the video - Source: Natural Life TV[/caption]On their Youtube channel Natural Life TV,Ah Lin Tuch et Phoun Raty, a "survivalist" couple,show wilderness survival techniques, such as tool making or cooking methods. They have just over 30,000 subscribers.In several of their videos, you can see Ah Lin Tuckskinning, preparing and eating protected and endangered animals, including a ray, a cobra and frogs.But this time, Internet users did not have the reaction that the couple hoped for with several of them alerting the Cambodian Ministry of the Environment, which managed to find the couple.[caption id="attachment_53554" align="alignnone" width="743"]

Ah Lin Tuch preparing a ray to eat - Source: Natural Life TV[/caption]The videos were filmed at Phnom Penh, Cambodia, not far from their house.Chea Sam Arng, head of the Environment Ministry's 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.

Among the protected animals that were cooked are a skate, a lizard, frogs, a cobra, a shark and a spotted pelican. As far as the endangered species is concerned, it is a fishing cat.[caption id="attachment_53555" align="alignnone" width="782"]

A fishing cat, a species on the verge of extinction, cooked in the video - Source: Natural Life TV[/caption]The couple allegedly bought these animals at a local market, and claimed not to be aware of their origin.Since the incident, the videos have been deleted and the couple has publicly apologized.