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. Instigation of the death penalty is required.Feed these bastards to the sharks.

  2. yeah, something was done about this shark being dragged around like a rag!! thank god!

  3. Cynthia Mattera says:

    I say an eye for an eye. They dragged that poor shark until it was ripped to pieces, all while they laughed and videotaped it. Tie them to the back of speed boat and see how they like it. I will even drive the boat!

  4. The shark must have died, referring to you didn’t know his condition, he was ripped to shreds and bleeding. Too bad they didn’t fall in the water.

  5. Bev Woodburn says:

    These psychopathic depraved animal torturing monsters must die.
    Drag these psychos behind a speed boat at full speed until this animal torturing filth dies. Good riddance.

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