Federal Fish and Wildlife agents are a bizarre case of animal abuse after a manatee with the word “Trump” etched onto its back was found in Florida.
The discovery was made Sunday in the Homosassa River north of Tampa, the Citrus County Chronicle reported. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the incident, the paper reported.
Manatees are protected by the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act and are federally protected by both the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. Harassing a manatee can carry a penalty of a $50,000 fine and/or up to one year in federal prison.
The species had been endangered but was reclassified to a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act in May 2017.
This abhorrent action goes beyond the bounds of what is considered cruel and inhumane,” Elizabeth Fleming, a senior Florida representative at Defenders of Wildlife, said in a statement. “I’m disgusted that someone would harm a defenseless creature to send what I can only assume is a political message. We will do everything in our power to help find, arrest, and successfully prosecute this coward.”
The Center for Biological Diversity has announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the investigation.
“It’s heartbreaking that this manatee was subjected to this vile, criminal act,” Jaclyn Lopez, the center’s Florida director, said in a statement. “It’s clear that whoever harmed this defenseless, gentle giant is capable of doing grave violence and needs to be apprehended immediately.”
If the perpetrator was trying to make some kind of political statement, one could only guess what that could be. While left-wing media has been quick to apply blame to the “same kind of people who would sack the Capitol,” this heinous act was more likely conducted by a cowardly left-wing snowflake who is trying to equate the president to a slow-moving, fat, and bloated sea mammal.
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