With the rise of the Internet and social media networks, it’s easy for people to post any kind of content they please and often times, go viral.
Eventually, when their posts earn enough traffic, these people can then earn money off of advertisements and sponsored posts. It oftentimes happens that the people who do make money off of YouTube channels and other forms of social media are not always putting forth the best kind of content for viewers. In fact, many people go viral for some awful and horrible reasons–like, this one couple who is now being legally prosecuted for their YouTube channel.
Ah Lin Tuch and her husband Phoun Raty from Cambodia made a name for themselves on YouTube by posting videos living a “somewhat survivalist lifestyle.” In the videos, the couple captured live animals, skinned them, cooked them and even ate them–with viewers usually being disgusted by their actions.
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As it turns out, some of the animals in the videos the couple uploaded were on the endangered species list. Viewers of their videos reported them to authorities on several occasions, as it’s illegal to kill, harm, or take an endangered animal. After people reported them enough, they were taken into custody and are now facing legal charges.
The Environment Ministry’s General Directorate for Administration of Nature Conservation and Protection issued a statement saying:
“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.”
People on Twitter had some unkind words for the couple.
— Warren Bancroft (@warrenba) May 15, 2018
— Joe Daly (@JoeDaly87) May 15, 2018