Breaking two lawsYoutuber eats bat soup – now she faces up to five years in prison
Thai woman Phonchanok Srisunaklua showed how she eats bats cooked in soup on her channel “Eat Spicy and Delicious”. At first, there was a storm from viewers who were afraid of a new pandemic. Now she was even arrested.
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This is not the first time that Phonchanok Srisunaklua filmed himself eating and uploaded the video to the Internet. Finally, she runs the “Gin Zap Bep Nua Nua” (Eat Spicy and Delicious) YouTube channel where she shares recipes. But this is the first time her music video has gone viral (see video above). The reason is the food shown. A full-time teacher eats bat soup.
What Srisunaklua describes as “delicious” in the clip has some of her followers not liking it: “If you want to die, die alone. No one will blame you. But alas, you will start a pandemic », quoted 20minutes.ch from the comments of the clip, which has since been deleted on YouTube. Another wrote: “You are putting yourself in danger. If you get sick, don’t bother the doctors and nurses.”
In fact, at the beginning of the pandemic, there were claims that Sars-CoV-2, the trigger of the Covid 19 pandemic, was transmitted to humans by eating bat soup. However, they were proven wrong – as was the alleged video footage.
“You shouldn’t mess with bats”
However, it cannot be ruled out that the virus will actually be transmitted in this way, as Thai wildlife doctor Pattaraphon Maneeon explains: “It is a very dangerous behavior because bats carry many pathogens.” Even touching saliva, blood and skin is considered risky, cites 20minutes.ch. Something like the “shouldn’t happen in Thailand or anywhere else in the world” video.
Teerawat Hemajuta from the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok said something similar. Opposite He warned Theheiager.com: “You shouldn’t mess with bats.” As Telegraph.co.uk writes that up to 400,000 people are infected annually in Southeast Asia and southern China.
The fact that the danger is real is also evidenced by the sight of the Thai woman’s plate: the meat on it is supposed to be specimens of the species “Small Asian house bat” (Scotophilus kuhlii), which she bought at the market near the border with Laos in the year Northern Thailand was bought. Bats are also at home in the region, which transmit close relatives of Sars-CoV-2.
It endangers not only his health and the health of others
Srisunaklua has now deleted the video that offended so many and replaced it with a new one. In it, he apologizes to “society, doctors, journalists, colleagues, family and friends”. The incident has not yet been forgotten. You are in for more trouble.
The YouTuber is accused not only of endangering her own health and the health of others, but also of violating the law. Bats are protected animals in Thailand. She was allegedly arrested for breaching the Conservation and Conservation Act and the Cyber Crime Act 2007 for sharing the video on the internet. You face up to five years in prison or a fine.