Animal activists release video showing the confrontation from their point of view.
A peaceful afternoon of family fishing July 11 on Crescent Lake in St. Petersburg was rudely interrupted by an irate and overbearing group of animal activists - and the story is going viral.
Bob Hope's father had caught a 4-pound tilapia, which he laid on the pavement while someone went for a bucket. That's when the chaos began.
A group called Direct Action Everywhere Pinellas began verbally harassing the family, using biblical scripture - as well as a young child - to convince the family that what they were doing was wrong. Ultimately the fish was snatched off the ground and tossed back in the water by the antis. That's when the police were called.
The first video to be released was filmed by the Hope family, however, it only showed a brief moment toward the end of the confrontation. (To see that video, click HERE.) Subsequently, the animal activists decided to release the full video shot from their perspective - and by them - to showcase their point of view. (As you're about to see, it's the fishermen that remain calm, courteous, and respectful - certainly not the antis.)
Here's the video:
What are your thoughts? We'd love to hear what you have to say.
Now, more than ever, it's important that we protect our legal rights to hunt, fish, and trap. We can't let the antis win.
And in case you're wondering, the police did show up. Here is their statement:
"When the officer arrived, the protesters were already getting in their cars. The primary concern for the officer was to restore the peace and the officer didn't witness any disorderly conduct or criminal activity. The officer documented the call as well as the names, addresses, and auto tag numbers of the principal protesters. Whether one agrees with the message or not, any group has a right to free speech in a public park. The officer acted appropriately under the circumstances."
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