A video of shark being dragged by a boat along Florida’s shore has the attention of Governor Rick Scott.
Scott is asking state wildlife officials for a review of Florida regulations to make sure there is a way to punish those involved with the “disturbing video” of a “hateful act” against the shark.
The governor wrote to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Chairman Brian Yablonski: “This week, an incredibly disturbing video was reported by the media showing individuals senselessly dragging a shark behind their boat at high speed. The brutality and disrespect shown to this animal is sickening and I am sure that you share my outrage over these individuals’ heinous actions.”
The governor says if there is not a law that would punish the people responsible for the abuse, there will need to be a change to Florida laws.
As FWC is already investigating the incident.
“Our Division of Law Enforcement has now identified the individuals in the video, and are currently conducting an investigation into this incident. Since the investigation is active, we can’t confirm the identities of the individuals, and it is too early to speculate as to what, if any, violations took place in this incident,” was posted on the FWC Facebook page.
“Florida is a sportsman’s destination and there is no place in Florida for these kinds of callous acts,” Yablonski said.
In the video, a shark is being dragged by a rope. The men are smiling as the shark fights to be freed of the rope.