Korean actress faces 5yrs in prison for hunting endangered clams in reality TV stunt

A South Korean actress might spend 5 years behind bars after she poached two big clams protected beneath Thai regulation. The crime was well-documented, because the unlawful shellfish stunt was filmed for a reality TV present.

Lee Yeol-eum has discovered herself in scorching water after being filmed diving for big clams at a Thai marine park. In footage from a latest episode of ‘Law of the Jungle’, a preferred South Korean reality present, the 23-year-old actress is seen diligently hunting for the endangered species, then celebrating her catch and later even consuming the uncommon and guarded delicacy.

Narong Kongaid, the pinnacle of Hat Chao Mai National Park – the place the present was filmed in April – informed AFP that Lee now faces two fees for violating Thailand’s National Parks regulation and Wildlife Protection regulation. If the authorities determine to prosecute the case, a responsible verdict might outcome in a five-year prison sentence and fines of 20,000 baht (US$650). The publicly-broadcasted poaching reportedly caught the eye of the present’s Thai viewers, who reached out to the nationwide park.

In an announcement printed Friday, the South Korean present supplied their “deep apologies” and claimed they weren’t conscious of Thailand’s wildlife laws.

“We will be more cautious of our actions when producing the show in the future,” it said. Kongaid, nevertheless, informed native media that the present’s manufacturing staff was knowledgeable of the enormous clams’ protected standing earlier than they started filming, and that they have been “fully aware” of all laws and legal guidelines.

Even if Thai prosecutors determine to pursue fees, it might be troublesome to carry Lee accountable for her unlawful clambake because it’s not clear whether or not she continues to be in Thailand.