If people think this is cruelty to animals, then the vegans really have taken over the Earth.
Maria McCormick shared a video of her husband Scott tossing a bucket of water into St. John’s River. There was a huge splash. And then the manatees started bubbling.
The video’s caption read, “Don’t swim in this river”.
Now, people are outraged and McCormick and her husband are under investigation by state officials for allegedly disturbing manatees in the river. Scott is facing up to 60 days in prison for the “cruelty”.
She posted the video with the comment: ‘My husband was bailing water out of our boat after a huge storm.
‘Every time he threw the water we saw splashes in the water. I happened to be recording on one of the tosses and we saw HUGE splashes of water everywhere.
‘We both looked at each other and said “I will NEVER swim in there again!”‘
But thousands of internet users criticised the couple for the video, claiming it showed him harassing a herd of manatees.
‘When I saw the video, I was disgusted. (I) was angry, because you shouldn’t do that to the manatees,’ said William Murphy, a Volusia County resident,according to WFTV9.
In Florida, disturbing manatees is an offence and results in jail time and/or a huge fine.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has stated they are investigating reports of an incident but have not confirmed if they have spoken to the McCormicks or what kind of animal was in the water.
Spokesman Greg Workman just said, “Right now it’s an open investigation.”