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Live and dead dogs and cats are being used as shark bait by amateur fishers on the French-controlled island of Réunion, according to animal-welfare organizations and local authorities.
As of December 2005, it would appear there is some truth to this story. According to Clicanoo, the French-language daily newspaper of Réunion Island, an amateur fisherman was tried and convicted of animal cruelty in September 2005 for inserting hooks into the flesh of a stray pup with the intention of using the animal as shark bait.
It is probably an exaggeration to characterize the phenomenon as widespread, however. The technique is "seldom used" by commercial fishermen, Clicanoo reports, and is favored instead by "rogue" shark hunters who ply their illicit trade in the dark of night. Some have already been caught and prosecuted.
Sea Shepherd Reward Offer Get Results on Reunion Island
Warning: At the bottom of this article, there are pictures of two dogs who have been hooked by these fishermen. The images are disturbing and difficult to look at.
On August 18th, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society posted a reward for the arrest on La Reunion island of anyone responsible for using live dogs or cats as bait for sharks.
To utilize puppies and kittens as live shark bait has been a "tradition" on La Reunion, and despite it being a violation of French law, the practice has continued without violators being arrested.
Originally posted by Little One
reply to post by TurkeyBurgers
The difference is:
Pig = farm animal
Kitten = domestic PET.
You cant compare the two anymore than you could a bear and a boy.