ANN/THE NATION – Thai netizens and medical personnel cried foul over a video clip of a female reviewer of exotic dishes eating bats for her Facebook page and TikTok channel.
Netizens, a veterinarian and a medical technologist expressed fear that a new round of diseases might hit the country after the woman posted the clip on her Facebook page recently.
The woman identified herself as Khru (teacher) Jui, without saying which school she teaches at. She posted the controversial clip on her Kin Saeb Nua Nua (Eating it Delicious and Hot) Facebook page. The page had 392,000 followers as of yesterday afternoon.
In the clip, she is seen eating an entire bat which was boiled in a spicy soup. Jui said it was the first time she had eaten a bat.
She insisted she was “not introducing any coronavirus from bats to the people” as residents in her neighbourhood also ate bats.
However, many Facebook users found this unacceptable and many criticised her strongly for risking an outbreak of new diseases from bats.
Some demanded that the Education Ministry punish her if she was indeed a school teacher.
On Monday, Jui commented under her post, saying she was “still alive” and the clip was shot two days earlier.
A day later, lecturer at Kasetsart University’s Veterinary Faculty Kaset Sutecha said he warned several times before against eating bats.
Kaset said such a practice could cause outbreaks of new diseases as over 60 types of viruses have been detected in bats that can jump to humans.
Moreover, the lecturer said, bats are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act BE 2562 (2019).
On Tuesday, medical technician Pakpoom Deshasdin criticised the influencer “for not learning from the Covid pandemic”.
The strong criticism prompted the influencer to remove the clip and the post from her page. By yesterday, the post had disappeared.