“Law Of The Jungle” Releases Official Apology For Catching And Consuming Giant Clams In Thailand
SBS’s “Law of the Jungle” has released an official apology after they were criticized for catching and consuming giant clams in Thailand, an endangered and protected wildlife species.
The scene in question was aired on June 29 in “Law of the Jungle in Lost Island.” The cast were at Ko Muk Island in the southern part of Thailand and actress Lee Yul Eum was seen catching giant clams, which the cast cooked and consumed together. The scene was then shared on social media, where it gained traction and prompted requests for the show to be investigated.
Media outlets like the Bangkok Post and Channel News Asia have reported that Hat Chao Mai National Park Department has requested an investigation into “Law of the Jungle” to local police. Giant clams were classified as an endangered species in Thailand in 1992, and harvesting them can lead to a fine of 40,000 Thai Baht (approximately $1,300) or a jail sentence of up to four years.
The “Law of the Jungle” team was granted permission to film in the area from the Tourism Department of Thailand and the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. However, a source from the Hat Chao Mai National Park Department explained that it was difficult to monitor the team as they did not inform officials every time they were filming in different areas within the park. The source stated, “They were fully aware of the laws and regulations. We have already been in touch with coordinating firms to inform them of their wrongdoing and further legal action.”
In response, “Law of the Jungle” has taken down all video clips that show the cast catching and cooking giant clams from their official website. The “Law of the Jungle” team has also released an official apology that reads, “We sincerely apologize for failing to become fully informed of the local regulations regarding giant clams in Thailand, and we will be more aware of our actions in the future.”
The scene in question was aired in the episode below.