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October 3, 2005

French Use Dogs As Shark Bait (Updated)

Topics: International News

Update: A reader emails in this clarification (H/t - Zoe):

... this happens on a small island beside madagascar, in the indian ocean, and the people doing it are closer to african in race than french.

The majority of people in mainland france don't even know this happens, and those that do, are horrified.

Apparently the incidents occurred on the small volcanic island of Reunion - off Africa's east coast.

Initial post begins:

This is one of the most shocking and disgusting images I've ever seen.

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STRAY dogs are being skewered on hooks and dragged behind boats as live shark bait, The Sun can shockingly reveal.

The cruel practice takes place on French-controlled Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, where Prince William spent two holidays.

A six-month-old labrador pup was recently found ALIVE with a huge double hook through its snout - like the dog above - and another through a leg.

The pup was found in a coastal creek and is thought to have somehow freed itself from a fishing line.

But other dogs and kittens have been chomped up and swallowed by sharks.

The RSPCA plans to petition the French government, demanding an end to the hideous torture.

You can help stop this cruelty - by signing the petition - NOW!

Hat tip - John Hawkins at Right Wing News

Posted by Richard at October 3, 2005 9:07 AM

This makes me sick. It is dispicable !
Can't the Queen afford fish to be thrown from the boats for bait ? I bet she could, and I bet that Prince William and Harry would be advocates against this cruel use of canine.

The last time I saw ANYTHING close to being as disgusting was pics of the Koreans and Chinese killing dogs for food.

That hook coming out of the Golden Retriever? gave me an instant headache. I hope the next dog BITES the person who inserts the hook. They need a scar to rem. the tortured dog by. I CANNOT even consider the pain of HOW it would feel for the dog to have this put in. Hopefully the shark eats him in 1 bite to put him out of his misery that the UK inflicted !

STOP this like yesterday ! It is NOT right !!

Posted by: Stefani at October 3, 2005 3:29 PM

I agree; this image is very disturbing...but what's more disturbing is--they probably drown before they're eaten by any sharks. This image has been haunting me now for quite a while...I just can't believe that someone would do that to a dog.

But then...we left our military dogs behind when we left Vietnam, and they most certainly ended up as a Vietnamese meal. Other cultures don't treat animals as humanely as we do. Even in Europe, they eat horsemeat, which we would never think of doing.

Posted by: Cap at October 8, 2005 8:53 PM

Who would ever think that we, as a world society, would have ever reached such a pinnacle inhumanity. This is certainly the most repugnant thing I've seen in quite some time. Although it is almost as sickening, I wouldn't mind the punishment for these atrocities being that these "so-called" fishermen go through the same torture that those poor defenseless and trusting animals went through.

Posted by: Ray at October 12, 2005 3:06 PM

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