Ecuador on Tuesday warned would-be wild animal eaters of achievable prison time and Colombia introduced an investigation following a competitive cooking Television set exhibit highlighted shark, alligator and capybara as substances.
In the offending episode, contestants of MasterChef Ecuador cooked up tollo, a little shark, as well as a style of wild deer and a capybara, a massive rodent that can weigh up to 80 kilograms (175 lbs).
The Nationwide Animal Movement of Ecuador warned that the use of these substances on Television would “normalize the usage of guarded animals, whose possession contributes to the trafficking of wild animals and the destruction of ecosystems.”
Neither the channel nor the producers of the system responded to the expenses leveled versus them, nevertheless the show’s chef and choose, Carolina Sanchez, claimed the meat was “from a farm.”
In response to the program, which was filmed in Colombia, Ecuador’s ecosystem ministry explained it “rejects the advertising and dissemination of graphic or audiovisual information that encourages the acquire and intake of wild species or their constituent components.”
It also warned that crimes from wild flora and fauna can be punished with prison sentences of up to a few years.
In Colombia, Ecosystem Minister Carlos Eduardo Correa announced an investigation.
He explained authorities “are verifying data circulating on social networks about the use of wildlife by-products in tv plans.
“Trafficking and internet marketing of wildlife is a crime in Colombia,” he wrote on Twitter.
MasterChef Ecuador, which is in its third period, is recorded in Colombia and broadcast on the privately owned nationwide channel Teleamazonas.