Success: Men Charged With Dragging Shark Behind Speedboat

Target: Andrew H. Warren, State’s Attorney for Hillsborough County, Florida

Goal: Support punishing men who allegedly dragged a shark behind their speedboat with the maximum penalty allowed by law.

Three men allegedly dragged a shark behind their speedboat in a shocking case of animal cruelty. A disturbing video reportedly showed the men laughing as the shark struggled in the water behind them. When the video was first published, a previous ForceChange petition helped ensure the public over this despicable cruelty reached the ears of authorities. Now, suspects have finally been arrested.

Police arrested Michael Wenzel, Robert Lee Benac, and Spencer Heintz for allegedly dragging the shark behind a speedboat. The sickening video reportedly showed the men laughing and having fun while a shark, tethered to the back of their boat, struggled to survive. The 10-second video clip went viral and caught the attention of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Per a news release, the video and additional social media posts “involving shocking disregard for Florida’s natural resources” led to the pursuit of charges.

Wenzel, Benac, and Heintz have each been charged with two counts of aggravated animal cruelty. The shark’s condition is unreported. Sign below and demand that Wenzel, Benac, and Heintz each receive the maximum penalty by law, if convicted.


Dear State’s Attorney Warren,

A shark suffered when the poor animal was allegedly dragged behind a speedboat. A shocking viral video reportedly showed three men smiling as the shark struggled to survive. We support holding the men accountable and demand justice for this innocent shark.

Three men have been charged with aggravated animal cruelty after they allegedly tethered a shark to a speedboat and dragged the poor animal at high speed. Per a gruesome viral video, the men laughed and joked as the shark writhed and flailed in the water behind. The 10-second clip prompted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to investigate and multiple concerns led them to recommend charges against the men. Michael Wenzel, Robert Lee Benac, and Spencer Heintz were arrested and bonded out of jail.

This awful cruelty cannot go unpunished. We demand that you seek the maximum penalty in this case.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Pat Williams says:

    The arrogance of people is appalling. Let the shark off the hook, get in to their world (the ocean) and see who will be laughing! Cruelty is disgusting.

  2. The sharks condition not reported? One can see in the video that the shark was torn to pieces while being drag!

  3. put a hook in them and drag them behind a boat these monsters have to be punished for this cruelty

  4. Again…I will never get why some people enjoy torturing animals. They can’t be fixed, so what is society suppose to do with them?

  5. Barton Dixon says:

    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer

  6. please do not let these sick stupid twats get away with this, i reckon good women should be allowed to make their sentence, it is so easy, just tie them behind a boat and go for a spin, with luck they would be dead before you got back, wipe them of the earth.

  7. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    enough of these criminals already!

  8. Good now drag that bastard behind boat

  9. Out of jail via bond. Bond in my book is like a legit bribe.
    All three should have gotten at least 3 years solitary confinement in a Mexican jail!

  10. Kill these psychopathic depraved animal torturing monsters
    Michael Wenzel, Robert Lee Benac, and Spencer Heintz by dragging these pos the same as they tortured this precious and helpless Shark making sure they all die. Get rid of these psycho depraved animal torturing monsters from our planet.
    All animal torturers and abusers must be put to death with no questions asked, just kill the fucks.

  11. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️👍🏼

  12. Catherine Kasper says:

    Disgusting excuses for human beings. They are sick, shallow, unfeeling pieces of scum. I hope they all get the karma that is coming their way. Their pathetic asses should be dragged behind a boat for two days straight. Let’s see how much laughing and high-fiving they do THEN.

  13. Richard Hofman Richard Hofman says:

    Oh yes, how many more of such American shits young playboys still live in there?
    Hey you dirty shits do always think that that land used to belong to Native American people and you don’t have any rights to destroy this land!!!
    Tfuj, the junk made me vomited…

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