Stop Using Stray Dogs as Live Shark Bait

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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Amis via RFO Réunion

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19 Comments

  1. Frances Pawley says:

    How disgusting is this? Innocent animals treated in this appalling way because they don’t have a home. They should hold their heads in shame for the way they treat these animals. Shame on you.

  2. soubigouSoubigou says:

    stop barbaric way to use animals!!!!! STOP!!!!!!!!

  3. I read about this awhile back. Signed a petition, and this practice is still going on! Is signing a petition really getting thru to the governments of these countries?
    I’m feeling much doubt.
    I’m getting to the point,where I abhor the”human” race.

    • Marilynn smith says:

      I agree with you 100%. I wish we could solve these horrible problems with sadistic people. Those poor animals with hooks through their noses. My God there is no compassion in this world.

  4. Steven Hanley says:

    The evil bastards. What kind of barbaric scum are they?
    I’d like to use a blowtorch on their bollocks.

    • They are no different than they have ever been really. Those people don’t give a damn about anyone or any thing. They are having horses killed in Canada so they can eat them. They seem to get a kick out of destroying companion animals.

  5. julia waller says:

    This has got to be the pits in animal cruelty – what new ways do humans manage to concoct to be cruel to defenceless creatures ? I personally hope that anyone guilty of such cruelty meets his just deserts in later life.

  6. OGNI VOLTA INORRIDISCO DI PIU’ E OGNI VOLTA MI CHIEDO COME SI POSSA ARRIVARE A UN TALI LIMITE DI CUDELTA’ NEI CONFRONTI DI QUESTE CREATURE MERAVIGLIOSE……..STRAMALEDICO QUESTI UOMINI E CHE POSSANO SOFFRIRE LE STESSE PENE CHE INFLIGGONO AD ALTRI ESSERI VIVENTI…….BASTARDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Are these petitions making a difference? I sign them with the hope that our voices carry some weight, have the power to make a difference. Please let us know.

  8. This is just disgusting! Shame on you, France!

  9. RENEE EPPERSON says:

    I am APPALLED and DISGUSTED and am TOTALLY EMBARRASSED to HAVE ANY FRENCH BLOOD IN MY VEINS!!!
    YOU BASTARDS should be prosecuted and jailed and perhaps used as bait yourselves. WHAT A HORRID THING YOU DO AND IF THERE IS A HELL I PRAY YOU GO THERE AND GO THERE QUICKLY.
    STOP THIS EVIL PRACTICE!!!!!

  10. Scum bags, once again the human race falls another notch, animals don’t have a chance on the planet as long as there is humans on it.

  11. Just when you think humans cannot get any worse, something like this is exposed. What disgusting, cruel pieces of c*^p do this sort of thing. I am truly horrified and saddened. This must stop NOW!!!

  12. Fuck those fishermen.Only a cowardly pussy would victemize an innocent dog.Any day one of those jerk offs wants to see what a tough guy he is come find me .My Rotty loves to hurt bad guys so fuck you

  13. Tania van Niekerk says:

    Would the Government use “ABONDONED or ORPHONED” children as shark bait – Most definately not right

    So why use innocent pets!!!!!!!!!!

    Stop this inhumane/cruel and barabaric cruelty towards these animals

  14. What the heck – this is way out of date.

    “The original expose on this activity in the waters of Reunion Island was from Sea Shepard in 2005. The Inquisitr article summarizes an article in the UK publication The Sun that was written 2 years after the fact –and after the French Government had already started taking action. As of this writing, the practice is entirely illegal, as is all shark fishing in Reunion Island’s waters, making the continued forwarding of that petition entirely pointless.”

    http://www.hoax-slayer.com/live-dogs-shark-bait.shtml

  15. This is appalling. Not to mention, it doesn’t make sense. I studied Marine Science, whales don’t eat animals as large as cats and dogs, they eat krill. The only way I can see around this, is if they meant Killer Whales, which technically are called Orca, and are actually a type of dolphin. Also, baiting a shark with an animal that looks and acts nothing like their natural prey of seal makes no sense either, sharks eat the weakest/wounded first, that’s why researchers chum (use fish guts and blood) the water. Sharks will rarely show up for anything less. So, in conclusion, this is both unimaginably cruel, is also doesn’t make sense.

  16. You are the vermin. Shame on you maybe you and your people should have the same done to you. You disgust me!

  17. suhopalov maxim says:

    stellt das sofort ab ihr Schweine!!!

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