Tell the Mississippi and United States citizens that locally and federally protected marine mammals require our maximum protection and that real punishments await those who violate these laws.
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Over the past two years, over a dozen incidents have been reported of people shooting, maiming, desecrating and killing dolphins along the gulf coast states. Thus far, no culprits have been brought to justice. Marine mammals have been federally protected in all US waters since 1972. Violators are nearly always given a slap on the wrist which does nothing to dissuade these practices. It's time we let the public know that violation of any federally mandated legislation is unacceptable especially when the act is particularly egregious and unwarranted. There is no possibility that this dolphin could have been deemed a credible threat to the violator's safety. This was a clear act of cruelty which also violates MIssissippi statute 97-41-1. Here is the news report from the Associated Press:
"GULFPORT, Miss. - A commercial boat captain from Bayou La Batre, Ala., has pleaded guilty to shooting a dolphin with a shotgun in the Mississippi Sound in the summer of 2012.
The Sun Herald reports Brent Buchanan faces maximum penalties of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine at his sentencing on Feb. 24.
Buchanan was charged with taking a marine mammal in a bill of information filed in federal court Thursday. He pleaded guilty Tuesday before Magistrate Judge John M. Roper. Roper allowed him to remain free on an unsecured $25,000 bond pending sentencing.
Online court records don't say why Buchanan shot the dolphin, if he killed it or whether it was hoisted aboard his vessel."
It's time we put a stop to these acts of cruelty. Its time we showed violators that there will be consequences for violent and cruel actions. Its time we put our foot down and actually tried to prevent future acts of violence against federally protected species. Please sign the petition and let's get boat captain Brent Buchanan to pay the full $100,000 fine and spend the next year of his life in prison.
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