WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Dave Bautista is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the culprit who scraped the word “TRUMP” on a manatee’s back.
- The manatee was found last week in Florida’s Homosassa River, according to a news release from the Center for Biological Diversity.
- Harassing a manatee is a federal crime and is punishable by a $50,000 fine and up to one year in jail.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Dave Bautista is offering a $20,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the culprit who scrawled “TRUMP” on a manatee’s back.
The Marvel actor who played ‘Drax the Destroyer’ replied to a tweet from a user who was angered by the act.
Bautista wrote: “If there’s not already a reward for the arrest and conviction of the low life scummy MAGATs that did this I’ll throw in $20,000.” And added: “And I promise there will be bonuses to that award!”
Bautista is a former WWE star. His tweet was liked 2,000 times by users who share the same sentiment.
There’s already a reward for information on the whereabouts of the culprit. Nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity — a group that protects endangered animals — is offering a $5,000 reward. Bautista’s social media offering is an addition to the group’s offer.
The defaced manatee was discovered swimming in Homosassa Springs, in Florida on Jan. 10. The shocking video went viral, prompting a federal investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has appealed to the public for information on the act.
“TRUMP” was scraped into a layer of algae on the manatee’s back and the slow-moving animal did not appear to be seriously injured, according to authorities.
“Save the Manatee Club was immediately made aware of the situation and is appalled at this disrespectful, harmful act toward an imperiled species,” the Center for Biological Diversity said in a statement Tuesday.
The organization believed the manatee suffered and felt pain during and after the scraping.
“Based on the photos and videos available, it appears that the perpetrator may have scratched the manatee’s skin with their fingers, scraping the algae that grows on the slow-moving mammals,” Save the Manatee Club explained. “They may have scraped the top layer of the manatee’s skin as well. Manatees have tough but sensitive skin, covered with tiny, sensory hairs, so it’s possible that this action may have caused the manatee discomfort or pain.”
Harassing a manatee, a federal crime, is punishable by a $50,000 fine and up to one year in prison, Fox News reported.
Source: Fox News