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Snopes.Com: Dogs as Shark Bait

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Dianne Ly
- 980 days ago -
Please stop this senseless abuse to innocent puppies and kittens. French Islander and Mexican fishermen are using LIVE puppies and kittens as shark bait!! No living being should have to undergo this torture and insurmountable fear! WE CAN BE HEARD AS ONE!

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Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 3:39 am
I have tried making a petition for this 6x and it will not let me,will keep meantime I will post links to all of the petitions I can find on this.

Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 3:42 am


Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 3:43 am

Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 3:47 am

Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 3:49 am
from the above news article.....
Detailed Analysis
In August 2005, marine conservation organization Sea Shepard posted a story on their website about the use of dogs as shark bait by fisherman around Reunion Island (a French territory in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar). They went as far as offering a reward for any law enforcement arresting someone for committing what was already against existing law in that territory. Included among the photos was the oft circulated photo of the dog with a hook impaling its snout.

In October 2005, National Geographic picked up on the story and published an article on their website, including a link to that same hooked pooch. Adding to the dog’s story, they indicated that unlike the other dogs usually found, this one was not a stray, but someone’s pet.

2 years later, and 2 years after the French government began actively putting an end to the practice, word of the Sea Shepard article finally made it round to The Sun, who published a 6 sentence article about what was already becoming a non-issue – presumably motivated primarily by the fact that Prince William spent two holidays on Reunion Island. By 2008, even the US television show MythBusters got into the act, effectively demonstrating that the paddling and scent of a dog in the water is not an effective shark bait. That was soon challenged by an article from How Stuff Works indicating that tiger sharks aren’t that discriminatory in their diet and probably would go for a dog.

By 2011, not only had the French authorities effectively ended the practice of using dogs as bait, there had also been other non-profit groups step in to aid in controlling the islands burgeoning population of stray and feral animals. (Recall the Sea Shepard article – this has the additional benefit of preventing damage to more native species).

On a related topic – a recent increase in shark attacks on surfers had prompted authorities to announce there would be a large shark cull. After a great hue and cry from environmentalists, those plans were cancelled. Which means pretty much all shark fishing in the waters of Reunion Island is illegal, no matter what sort of bait is used. A final word about the picture – it is highly unlikely that anyone with any experience in a boat would even remotely envision hooking a dog through its upper lip with the intent of dragging it behind a boat. While the thrashing might attract a predator’s attention, it would take only seconds for that hook to pull through the skin. And the most likely attack would be at the moving legs or larger body – not the head. Having the hooks there is just pointless. Other photos indicated hooks embedded through the feet and lower limbs – that would be more expected. Most reports also indicated the rogue fishermen were not trolling the dogs – they were tying them up on platforms and buoys. The Sea Shepard report indicates the nose hooked dog “had apparently escaped its captors and was taken to the SPA by a concerned citizen.” It is far more likely, as anyone who has ever taken a dog fishing will attest, that the dog got a little too nosy around someone’s tackle box or stringer and hooked itself.

In the end, of course, it is not an issue the French government has turned a blind eye to, and continuing to forward the petition some 7 years after they began cracking down on the criminals is pointless. Readers should also be wary of less scrupulous likewhores simply using the photo and caption to pad their page’s like/share numbers.


Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 3:49 am

Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 4:12 am
C2 NEWS WITH MY CHANGE.ORG PETITION IN IT,SINCE I could not make one on care2

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 4:14 am
Just when I thought I had seen every kind of barbaric cruelty going, I see this. There are no words. I have signed a petition for this today, it was e-mailed to me by a friend. I also shared it on twitter. This has to be stopped, now!

Erin R. (172)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 8:13 am

Milkah Savage (277)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 9:25 am
Sick, Sick SOB's !!!!! How about we put a hook in their nose and use them as bait ?!? Freakin sick individuals.
Thanks my friend for this important petition

Dandelion G. (387)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 4:16 pm
I signed the petiton. Please also sign the one for the alligators.
Tell Florida Kittens are Not Alligator Bait

Michael L. (2)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 6:37 pm
Someday I won't have to share the same earth with vile subhumans...

. (7)
Monday September 17, 2012, 12:47 pm
Just like Cheyl said, when you think you've seen every kind of barbaric cruely going you see this, it's too much. Thank you for all your work on this Dianne.

Rosie Lopez (73)
Monday September 17, 2012, 1:19 pm
sick sick sick!

Brenda Towers (0)
Monday September 17, 2012, 1:49 pm
I find it hard to look at the picture. It is obscene!

Janice P. (5)
Monday September 17, 2012, 1:59 pm

paula eaton (30)
Monday September 17, 2012, 2:05 pm
The use of any animal as bait is beyond cruel. Anyone whi would do tjis is a monster. Sickening!

samantha l (0)
Monday September 17, 2012, 2:25 pm

Marlene Dinkins (263)
Monday September 17, 2012, 2:47 pm
i had signed and posted in fb , also in tw. this is barbaric!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

iveta cer (62)
Monday September 17, 2012, 3:10 pm
Sick , stupid , disgusting people !!!! This is so cruel !!!! Poor dogs ! I signed before they doing same think with kittens . I can't believe this !!! Is there petition i like to sign this too !!!

Sue Matheson (76)
Monday September 17, 2012, 3:48 pm

Leslene Dunn (75)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 1:54 am
My God, can it get any worse - execute them, they cannot be allowed to live on earth - send these spawns of Satan back to hell where they belong.

Arthur Stordahl (0)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 5:31 pm
anyone actually reading snopes-hoax, perhaps some truth and pic is likely fake. Accurate material is a must, or holes get poked in good intentions-it is beyond me who could take sides in such a issue, but some may use for a more blanketed approach to say the good organizations/good hearted people are also suspect.
Read snopes and always make good investigations into topics! Much Love & Success in your good work!!

Leanne B. (40)
Friday October 12, 2012, 10:39 pm
This has to stop.

Susan Dykhuis (1)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:28 pm
I signed the petiton but would like all persons who signed to read this:

I signed in case Snopes information is incorrect.

Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:46 pm
this petition is closed

Jeff S. (48)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 10:35 pm
I thought this was a hoax.
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