Chinese vlogger Tizi could serve up to 10 years in prison for her viral video eating an endangered species
A TikTok influencer has sparked outrage after filming herself roasting and eating an endangered basking great white shark.
Police believe the blogger known as “Tizi” bought the great white shark illegally, which could result in her serving up to 10 years in prison.
Their small population is partly due to the fact that it takes a female great white shark about 35 years and a male great white shark 25 years before they can have offspring.
The influencer known as “Tizi” has over 8 million followers, which she has garnered by posting clips of her bold kitchen choices.
Tizi’s viral video was originally posted on streaming platform Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok.
As seen in the video hereTizi is in a fish shop in the southwestern city of Nanchong, Sichuan Province.
She is seen unwrapping the great white shark in front of the crowd and begins to lie down next to it.
“It might look vicious, but its flesh is really super tender,” she says.
The shark is cooked by cutting it in half, grilling its tail and boiling its head in a flavorful broth.
Tizi and the villagers boasted about the taste, sparking fury online.
Corresponding The Cover.cnTizi claimed the shark was “captive bred” and “edible.”
Since the backlash, the influencer has removed all videos from her account and as of Thursday (4 August) her profile is no longer available, leading to rumors that it has been deleted.
Users on the social media platform have questioned Tizi’s morals, even comparing her food to a “zombie.”
“Tizi looks like a zombie when he eats the fish tail!” said one.
Another added: “Congratulations to Tizi on getting a silver bracelet. ”
This isn’t the first time Tizi has eaten exotic animals online as she has previously consumed crocodiles and ostriches.
Her crimes are currently being investigated by the Nanchong Police Department.
She faces five to 10 years in prison or imprisonment and a fine if found guilty.
She was also informed that her property could be confiscated and her social media presence removed.
Several people were arrested who helped Tizi obtain the shark, which was confirmed not to have been purchased from the local store featured in the video.
China has been trying to crack down on the illegal and illegal trade in animals for food and medicine since the COVID pandemic.
Consumption of exotic animals has increased in recent years.
In 2019, a Chinese vlogger tried to eat a live octopus sucking on her face, while another in 2020 wrecked the internet when she ate “bat soup” allegedly linked to the COVID outbreak in Wuhan in 2020 has been linked.