A viral video from last July showed rabid animal activists harassing law-abiding anglers in Cresent Lake Park in St. Petersburg. FL. The ringleader of this disgusting act of harassment Michael Leaming has been charged with a second-degree misdemeanor charge under Florida’s statute of limitations (Florida Statute 379.105(1)(A)) for harassing these anglers. This motion was filed on June 14, 2018. He illegally took a tilapia fish from an angler and threw it back into the water on July 12 of last year. Per court documents spotted by Chasing Tales Outdoors, here’s what the activist will be charged with by the Sixth District Court of Appeals in Florida: Interference with taking of fish, game, or non-game animal.
These charges for second-degree misdemeanor incur a fine of $500 and up to 60 days in law. Here’s more about Florida Statute 379.105(1)(A):
379.105 Harassment of hunters, trappers, or fishers.—(1) A person may not intentionally, within a publicly or privately owned wildlife management or fish management area or on any state-owned water body:(a) Interfere with or attempt to prevent the lawful taking of fish, game, or nongame animals by another.
(b) Attempt to disturb fish, game, or nongame animals or attempt to affect their behavior with the intent to prevent their lawful taking by another.
(2) Any person who violates this section commits a Level Two violation under s. 379.401.History.—s. 2, ch. 90-170; s. 27, ch. 2006-304; s. 9, ch. 2008-247.
Note.—Former s. 372.705.
Prior to harassing fishermen in Pinellas County, FL, these activists terrorized restaurant-goers at a local Chick-fil-A.
Here’s another video of the activists being confronted by the police:
As a result of the charges placed against him, there’s a petition out there encouraging Florida to drop the charges against him. How laughable. This jerk deserves this degree of punishment.
This harassment of sportsmen by rabid animal rights activists is nothing new. Both hunters and anglers face relentless attacks from these people who lack any understanding of conservation and natural resources. This extremism needs to be combatted. Justice was served by the State of Florida in this case.