Target: François Hollande, President of France
Goal: Urge the French government to stop using stray dogs as bait
Most people are familiar with the use of worms or plastic ornaments as bait, but for fisherman who hunt sharks on an island called Réunion, stray dogs and cats – dead or alive – will do.
The small island is overrun by stray dogs and cats –upwards of 150,000 of them are said to roam the premises. But, instead of trying to find their owners or notify the humane society, residents have teamed up with fisherman to provide the animals as bait for capturing sharks and whales.
Animal rights group, The 30 Million Friends Foundation, was informed of the inhumane practice and sent a film crew over to the island to obtain proof to be aired on the group’s television show. What the organization found was absolutely shocking: dogs with huge fishing hooks sunk deep into their snouts and cats with similar hooks protruding from their paws. According to the Foundation’s president, locals view dogs and cats not as pets and loyal companions but “…as vermin. There is no value to the life of a dog there…”
Not only are strays being targeted, but dogs who escape from their owners homes and wander the streets are also falling victim to the harrowing practice. A veterinarian on the French-controlled island was shocked when a six-month-old dog, who escaped from a fishing net, was brought in with a huge fishing hook protruding from its face. Unlike most of the other strays, the dog was someone’s pet, and is currently at home with its owners.
But, for one dog who is saved, countless others suffer at the hands of malicious fisherman and apathetic residents. By signing this petition, you’ll urge the French government to ban the practice of using strays as bait.
Dear President François Hollande,
The French-controlled island of Réunion has recently been overrun by stray dogs and cats. Because of this phenomena, the residents have started a torturous practice of using the dogs and cats as bait for attracting and capturing sharks, whales and other fish.
This shocking behavior must end as there are countless other safe, humane and moral ways to fish. As a person of power and great influence, I am informing you of this in an effort to end such cruelty against animals. The locals of the island of Réunion even support a fumigation program to rid the island of the stray dogs and cats. Such thinking is unjust and may I inform you that not all animals on the island are strays. One escapee happened to be a beloved pet.
I urge you to take action and end this savage behavior once and for all. Please, ban the use of dogs and cats as bait.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Amis via RFO Réunion