Wildlife Group Calls For Harsher Penalties After Shark Dragging Video

Aug 22, 2017

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The Florida Wildlife Federation is pushing for stiffer poaching penalties after a shark dragging video went viral.

The governor, nearby lawmakers and more than a quarter million Floridians have condemned the actions of three men who recorded themselves dragging a shark behind their boat.  Now the Florida Wildlife Federation wants legislative action to increase penalties.  The environmental organization says poachers are rarely caught and lightly punished—usually nothing more than a small fine and a second degree misdemeanor.  They’re urging members to call the governor, legislative leaders and the wildlife commission director ahead of lawmakers returning to the capitol for committee hearings.