Chinese food vlogger criticized for cooking 90-kg alligator

By Hoang Phong    November 7, 2023 | 10:44 pm PT
A food vlogger has sparked outrage on Chinese social media after posting a video on Douyin that demonstrated how to kill and cook a 90-kg alligator.

The three-minute video was posted by the "influencer" known as "Chu Niang Xiao He."

She had over 3.5 million followers on Oct. 22 and has so far received 29,000 likes and 10,000 comments on Chinese video-sharing platform Douyin.

In the video, she demonstrates the process of washing, gutting, skinning and deboning the alligator to prepare a variety of dishes, generating a wave of negative criticism for animal cruelty.

She defended her actions, saying that the alligator in the video "was artificially bred for the leather industry," China Daily reported.

"These artificially-bred alligators are raised specially for leather and handbag companies. This is their mission. Would you say no to a Hermes alligator bag? We should be more rational."

However, many Chinese netizens have expressed their anger after watching the video.

"Your action made me feel terrible," a netizen commented on Douyin.

"Oh my god, how dare you kill such a big alligator," another user wrote.

"I'm really afraid of you," another netizen commented.

The video-sharing platform Douyin has also been criticized for allowing the video to be posted.

According to China's Wildlife Protection Law, cooking alligator meat is illegal without permission from the authorities.

Therefore, Xiao He's actions may lead to legal actions.

The Chinese alligator is widely regarded as the most endangered crocodilian in the world and is strictly prohibited by China's law.

Xiao He is not the only vlogger who has been criticized for animal cruelty.

A few years ago, a famous Korean video content creator caused outrage when he ate live octopus and squid live on television.

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