Prison for the men who laughed as they tortured a shark in Florida
This is regarding a video circulating the internet, where a group of individuals traveling at high speed on the water dragged a shark around and laughed at its distress.
This sociopathic behavior demands attention and prevention. This act of violence was in fact a criminal act.
We as the people summon Palmetto, FL man Michael Robert Wenzel, born June 07, 1996, and his accomplices in this video to 1,000 community service hours.
These 1,000 community service hours will be held under the supervision of The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
They will use that time to teach these men to treat our Florida wildlife with respect.
Scheduling may involve either 125 days lasting 8 hours long, or as determined the FWC, given that it equals 1,000 hours and is completed within a year.
Wenzel and his accomplices will pay for any costs associated. This may include hiring outside trainers and educators, on-the-clock hours, gasoline expenses, etc.
We also demand that everyone in this video has their fishing licenses revoked permanently.
We the people also request that Florida lawmakers pass a bill making this kind of animal torture a second-degree felony.
We also demand that these people be punished for their crimes of animal abuse. This punishment should consist of jail time in addition to community service.
[ Updates - 28 July, 2017 ]
This act of violence is criminal per the Florida statute Chapter 828. We expect charges to be pressed as per law. The public is growing more concerned as no charges have been pressed yet.
828.12 section 2 states that a person who intentionally commits an act to any animal which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering, or causes the same to be done, is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
s. 775.082 covers a wide variety of punishments, including imprisonment.
We the people demand that Michael Wenzel and his accomplices be charged with animal abuse and arrested. The delay in action is causing the public to lose faith in the justice system. We expect to see these men arrested for crimes they have committed.
Hyperlink - reference to story: http://wtfflorida.com/news-articles/boaters-drag-tormented-shark-around-laughing/
- State Attorney, 12th Judicial Court
We the people demand that charges are pressed against the men in the infamous "shark dragging" video.
We demand that their fishing licenses be permanently revoked by the FWC.
We expect them to serve time in prison for their crimes of animal abuse. We expect the 12th Judicial Court to carry out their punishment to the full extent of the law.
There is a concern that because of their parent's political and financial positions, charges may be dropped. We will not accept that. Everyone must be held accountable for their actions, regardless of how affluent or politically connected their family may be.
As of August 17, we have over 252,466 signatures in support of our demands.
We stand behind the hard working folks at the FWC and the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida. We are here to act as the public watchdog, and provide assistance if needed. Thank you for all your time invested into this case.
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