Food blogger fined Rs 15 lakh after sharing video of her illegally buying and eating a great white shark
A Chinese food blogger has been slapped with a hefty fine after she posted a video of herself illegally buying and eating a great white shark.
The blogger, who goes by the name Tizi in her videos, is popular for her mukbang videos. Mukbang is a type of video, especially one that is live-streamed, that features a person eating a large quantity of food and addressing the audience.
By illegally buying and eating a vulnerable species in April 2022, she broke wildlife protection laws in China, according to officials in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan.
A Bloomberg report said the blogger paid 7,700 yuan ($1,141) to buy the great white shark on Alibaba’s Taobao shopping platform. After that, she posted videos on Douyin and Kuaishou, another video-sharing platform.
One of the clips shows the blogger picking up the 6.6-foot shark and slicing it and cooking it.
After the clip went viral, authorities fined her $18,500 USD. She has previously posted videos of herself eating crocodiles and ostriches on Douyin, where she enjoys 7.8 million followers.
In the now-deleted clip, the blogger was heard saying: "It may look vicious, but its meat is truly super tender.”
Later, she showed herself cutting the shark in half and then barbecuing its tail and boiling its head in broth.
Great White Sharks now face numerous ecological challenges which have resulted in international protection. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the great white shark as a vulnerable species.
They are prohibited species in China under the Wild Animal Protection Law, which prohibits people from transporting, buying, and selling them.
Anyone who tries to break these rules could end up paying hefty fines or face ten years in prison.