Gov. Scott Orders FWC To Review Laws Regarding Animal Abuse


A week after video surfaced on social media sites, showing a hammerhead shark being dragged behind a speed boat and no charges have been filed.  

Fish and Wildlife officials say they've identified the four men laughing in the video, but state investigators are still trying to figure out whether any laws were violated.  

Governor Rick Scott is weighing in.  He sent a letter Friday to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, urging the agency to review our state's fishing regulations and state statutes to ensure that "such inhumane acts" are strictly prohibited.  

The governor says we need to make certain that law enforcement has the tools to ensure Florida has "the best fisheries in the world."

Click Here to read Gov. Scott's full letter to the FWC.

Here is the response from FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski :

I, my fellow Commissioners, and the men and women of the FWC, who are dedicated to conserving Florida’s precious natural resources for future generations, could not agree more with Governor Scott’s powerful words. Each and every member of our agency is disgusted by the behavior shown in the video. FWC Division of Law Enforcement investigators are working diligently to come to a lawful resolution in this case. Florida is a sportsman’s destination and there is no place in Florida for these kinds of callous acts. We are eager to move forward with the Governor's suggestion to review and strengthen regulations as necessary to help deter this type of behavior in the future. These individuals do not represent the sentiments and conscientious actions of millions of conservation-minded anglers around the world.



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