The man who dragged the shark behind his boat was sentenced to 10 days in prison.
UPI – A fisherman in Florida is accused of cruelty to animals because of the video he posted in 2017. The man who dragged the shark behind his speedboat pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 days in prison.
The man named Michael Wenzel pleaded guilty to charges of illegally hunting sharks and cruelty to animals. Wenzel has two first-degree misdemeanor charges against him. However, the number of charges was reduced to one, as a shark expert said the shark behind the boat was dead.
Wenzel was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and 11 months of probation. Also, the fishing license will not be valid for five years.
In the video recorded in 2017, Wenzel was among those cheering during the shark drift. The video in question was investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office, and the video was harshly criticized by the community.
Along with Wenzel, individuals named Robert Lee Benac and Spencer Heintz were charged. Although Heintz’s charges are dropped, Benac’s trial is due later this year.
The animal activists were not very happy with the sentences given and reacted to the decision.
“Wenzel is being privileged,” Marie Galbraith, a member of Florida Voices for Animals, told the Tampa Bay Times in an interview. The punishment he received is too light for him.”
Wenzel’s lawyer, Charles Britt, said: “I have strong observations that the only punishment that would please animal activists is imprisonment.”
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