Stop Using Stray Dogs as Live Shark Bait

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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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99 Comments

  1. Alexandre Engelen says:

    One may be ignorant or naïve, but that stupid ….
    Dear President Hollande, it is time to stop using stray dogs as bait for sharks. Do at least something good during the period of your mandate: the French are ashamed of a president who does not even respect life!
    CHER PRESIDENT HOLLANDE, IL EST ENCORE TEMPS DE FAIRE QUELQUE CHOSE DE BIEN PENDANT VOTRE MANDAT CAR LES FRANCAIS ONT HONTE D’UN PRESIDENT QUI NE RESPECTE MEME PAS LA VIE …

  2. WHAT IS FRANCE NOW A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY…ANOTHER REASON FOR US TO HATE FRANCE…LIKE WE NEEDED ANOTHER ONE!

  3. Gesa Fiedrich says:

    That’s more than cruelty! Wish I could take this people to be bait for sharks. They deserve it ! Must sign this petition!

  4. What kind of sick vile freaks would do something so barbaric and cruel? Sick violent criminals belong in jail and then on a very short rope, constant police monitoring is needed for sickos like this! Find and jail any freak hurting animals…these are the serial killers who will reek ha ok on society if left to thier sick violence and depravity…can we call someone who would commit such crimes human?? Sub human monsters is what they are and they should b prosecuted as such!! Get a clue these are sick mentally deficient criminals.

  5. charlene crowe says:

    stop killing our animals all species

  6. I love cats and I can’t see them suffer like this. This petition only highlighted the suffering of dogs. What a shame!

  7. Jeanie Olson says:

    What a horrible thing to do to animals,to bad this kind of thing can’t be done to these people. They will answer to their horrible deplorable actions. God will see to that. They will burn in hell.

  8. Do you people even have a soul?? INSANE!!!!!

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