Netizens called the attention of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) after a vlog published a video while eating an endangered giant clam or ‘Taklobo.’
In a social media post, @mangingisdasays mentioned DENR and urged the agency to investigate vlogger ‘Raw & Cook Food Asmr’ who was seen eating a Taklobo as part of their content.
“This is illegal. Please take action,” said the netizen.
The two individuals could be seen eating the giant clams and even encouraged their followers to do the same.
“Different government, academic and private institutions are working to conserve giant clams in the Philippines due to its various ecosystem services,” the netizen said in another post.
Harvesting, possessing, and selling giant clams is punishable under Republic Act (RA) 8550 or the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 as amended by RA 10654.’
If proven, the vloggers might face up to three years and fines of up to 3-M pesos.
As of writing, the content creators have yet to give any statement on who provided them the giant clams
They also deleted the video already.