Fabienne Jouve is a spokesperson for the French animal rights
organization, Groupement de Réflexion et d'Action pour l'Animal (GRAAL).
He noted that, "Lately, almost every week, one dog has been found
with hooks on the island, not counting the cats found on the beaches
partially eaten by the sharks."
barbaric act isn't just as simple as running a hook through the
stray animals and tossing them over the side of their boats. In
order for the fishermen to
entice the carnivorous predators off their coast they hook the dogs
snouts and paws and let them bleed out for at least a day.
article said that several animal rights activist groups have known
about the inhumane practice of using live dogs for shark bait and
the Brigitte Bardot Foundation has been fighting this for a decade.
Patti Davis, daughter of President Ronald Reagam wrote a
web-exclusive commentary in Newsweek about this in October of 2005.
The Friday Harbor, Washington based Sea Shepherd Conservation
Society has offered "a U.S.
$1,000 reward to any Réunion police officer who arrests anyone using
live dogs or cats as bait for sharks."
September of 2005, the government of Réunion responded to the
outcries by passing into law a bill that would make it illegal for
fishing boats to carry any dogs or cats, alive or dead.
Shortly after the law was enacted the article said "the first court
case was held involving a person charged with using live dogs as
bait. Authorities had found a seven-month-old puppy on John Claude
Clain's property in July with three fishing hooks in its paws and
snout." This resulted in a 5000 euro fine for Clain.
The article also
said that "Both the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals in the United Kingdom and the Thirty Million Friends
Foundation are asking animal lovers to sign a petition urging the
French government to step up enforcement of laws against the use of
live dogs as bait."