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Old 10-03-05, 03:43 PM
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Dogs used as shark bait, wth?

Someone sent me this article here
By IAN HEPBURN

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.


I have never heard of the Sun. Is this a credible news source our one of those "an alien stole my baby" type outlets? From my brief look around the site, seems like the latter.
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Originally Posted by squidget
Someone sent me this article here
By IAN HEPBURN

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.


I have never heard of the Sun. Is this a credible news source our one of those "an alien stole my baby" type outlets? From my brief look around the site, seems like the latter.
The Sun is kind of tabloidy in London and that is saying alot, because they love their gossip and sensational stories over there
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Old 10-03-05, 04:35 PM
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I did the same thing...










but with frogs and Largemouth bass.
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This one has Snopes written all over it.
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Why would they use dogs when a fish or human baby would suffice?
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Originally Posted by Rockmjd23
This one has Snopes written all over it.

Have you sent them the story to see what they have to say?

That picture included in the story is just awful! Fake or not!
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Originally Posted by calhoun07
Have you sent them the story to see what they have to say?

That picture included in the story is just awful! Fake or not!
For some reason I can't get their site to load
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Old 10-03-05, 04:50 PM
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The picture looks pretty bad, not quite Weekly World News bad, but bad enough.
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They are researching it:

http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/sharkbait.asp
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Squidget! Long time no see

It's not common but I think it's true. I think they also use them for "Chum" to attract sharks. I went to school with a guy who was into fishing and I could swear he had mentioned somethign like this. As a matter of fact, when i read the title he was the 1st person I thought of.
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Unfortunately, it's true. And here's a link an organization's online petition:

http://www.30millionsdamis.fr/FR/Pet...reunion_UK.htm
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Old 10-03-05, 05:33 PM
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This reminds of the bonzai kitten.
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Originally Posted by Rockmjd23
The picture looks pretty bad, not quite Weekly World News bad, but bad enough.
That picture tells me that the story is untrue.

First, that'd be a pretty weak spot to "hook" the dog if you really expect it to stay on the line for long.

Second, that looks exactly like what would happen if a dumbass dog tried to grab that hook and play with it, as dogs are known to do.

Third, notice how the article never connects the dog in the photo with the story. The photo caption reads "Cruel ... dog with hook through snout" and the article says a dog was found hooked "like the dog above".

My guess - someone at the Sun found the photo in a veterinarian magazine or something (about a dog that accidentally hooked himself after playing with a fishing line) and developed a "story" around it.
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Apparently Bridgette Bardot has been requesting the French government do something about it.
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http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2005450117,00.html
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While it might be cruel to use dogs as shark bait, what makes it different from using mice or kitties as snake bait?

The Fast Food Nation book has mentioned some horror stories about cattle slaughterhouses.
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I agree with the previous post. What special qualities does a dog have, that it is imparted with a right not to be used as lived bait? Just because they are pets?

Well fish are pets, yet live fish are commonly used as bait. And as someone mentioned, lots of live animals are used as "food" for other animals. I see no difference.
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Originally Posted by Fooman
I agree with the previous post. What special qualities does a dog have, that it is imparted with a right not to be used as lived bait? Just because they are pets?
Well, for one they aren't natural prey, unlike a mouse to a snake. And 2nd, yes, as a society we have deemed that dogs and cats have more rights than some other animals.

It's like saying.. Why can we poison ants, but not dogs?
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Originally Posted by Fooman
I agree with the previous post. What special qualities does a dog have, that it is imparted with a right not to be used as lived bait? Just because they are pets?

Well fish are pets, yet live fish are commonly used as bait. And as someone mentioned, lots of live animals are used as "food" for other animals. I see no difference.
ANd for that matter, why not use baby fetuses as shark bait. Much more chewy and yummy. My cat just gave a thumbs-up.
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Originally Posted by Ranger
While it might be cruel to use dogs as shark bait, what makes it different from using mice or kitties as snake bait?
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I agree with the previous post. What special qualities does a dog have, that it is imparted with a right not to be used as lived bait? Just because they are pets?

Well fish are pets, yet live fish are commonly used as bait. And as someone mentioned, lots of live animals are used as "food" for other animals. I see no difference.
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I heard this one a couple of days ago. The only thing I can say is that it would most likely work better if you jab the dog / cat in the side with a sharp stick before tossing them in the water - not enought to kill them of course, just to wound them a little. That way not only would they be kicking more, they would definately be bleeding more and the blood would help attract the sharks.
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Whats the big deal about using live dogs and cats for shark bait anyway? They are just animals.
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