Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Stop the Cruelty--Boycott France Now!




The dogs and puppies in the picture were used as live shark bait. The practice is common on Reunion Island, which is controlled by France. Kittens are also used for this purpose.

The Sea Island Conservation Society is trying to stop the barbaric practice you're seeing in this post. Would you like to help stop this cruelty? This page has the addresses of public officials who have the power to stop it.

In the meantime, my advice is "Boycott all things French."

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13 Comments:

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Shawna M said...

That is awful. With sharing youlove for dogs, I am astonished that this actually happens. Yet, other cultures believe other things. May us using large fish as bait for other fish is a horrible thing to other people. Still using live dogs is unethical and disgusting.

 
At 5:03 PM, Blogger Anthrogrl said...

While this article does horrify me, and I do believe this practice needs to stop, I also think Shawna has a point.

Other cultures have different ideas about animal cruelty. In India and other countries, dogs are seen as pests,not animals. Many people see Americans' love for pets as unusual (and even crazy).

 
At 10:09 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I too think this practice is sad, but my question to you is this: If it were another animal they were using for bait that was not considered a traditional pet or cute and fluffy would you be objecting?

 
At 12:14 PM, Blogger Kristina W said...

I agree with most of the comments on this blog. Yes, this is a cultural issue as well as an ethical one. For instance, many people hear derogatory remarks about dogs and cats getting stolen off the streets in Chinatwon and put into the food in many Asian restaurants. Well, in America that might be illegal but in certain parts of Asia that is the norm. I personally have an issue with seeing dogs and cats used as shark bait but yes, this is because we see dogs (and cats) as pets in America. I also think that there is an ecological food chain for a reason. However, if we left nature alone, do you really think a shark would have access to dog or cat meat? It doesn't seem like a shark would be a natural predator for another carnivore. Ecologically speaking, this doesn't make sense to me either. Hmmm....

 
At 6:05 PM, Blogger Ronald M. Ayers said...

In this case, I'm not willing to grant other cultures equal status. Remember, some cultures mistreat women, up to and approving the murder of wives who don't meet with their husband's approval. Just because some countries mistreat dogs doesn't mean we shouldn't do something about it.

A boycott is the least extreme way of dealing with it. Also remember some countries don't approve of American culture and thus they choose to use terrorist means to get us to change. You have to NOT be willing to give others a pass for their stupid evil behavior, and then work to get that behavior changed. Notice the "dolphin safe" label on tuna? Other countries don't give a damn for the dolphin, but it was American consumers who forced them to change their fishing practices.

 
At 6:10 PM, Blogger Ronald M. Ayers said...

Upon reading my comment, I see I might be misunderstood. I better make clear that I'm not approving of terrorism or other violence to force change. Only peaceful, hit em in the pocketbook, actions. Americans were prepared to boycott tuna that was not dolphin safe. We should boycott products that come from countries that are cruel to animals, too.

 
At 4:20 PM, Blogger Speedmaster said...

Absolutely despicable. I pray that this is just a hoax of some kind.

Chris
http://amateureconblog.blogspot.com/

 
At 4:21 PM, Blogger Speedmaster said...

I'm with Ron Ayers. The "multi-cultural all cultures are equal" cr@p doesn't cut it here. Dogs are man's best friend, not bait.

Chris
http://amateureconblog.blogspot.com/

 
At 9:48 AM, Blogger Bagheera37 said...

Have these pictures authentic? I hope this is not a hoax aimed at smearing the French again. I know that the french are avid pet lovers and very sensitive to animal cruelty.

 
At 10:01 AM, Blogger Elizabeth G said...

Live dogs? How long do they live after being tossed into the sea as shark bait? Part of the reason I hate fishing is watching the worm wriggle on the hook. If they have to use dogs, don't use live dogs.

 
At 8:27 PM, Blogger Jbrew87 said...

I bet those researchers wouldn't like two hooks to pierce through their skin in the name of science.

 
At 2:36 PM, Blogger HalheG said...

This really makes me sick inside. I cannot believe that some people actually have the heart to make those animals go through such a thing. That picture with the dog that has hooks through his nose is sick. I know other cultures have different beleifs about animals,but this is still disturbing.

 
At 8:31 AM, Blogger Bagheera37 said...

PLEASE READ THIS article:

http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/sharkbait.asp

Let's not spread urban legends or blame an entire culture for one individual's horrific act. The bottom line is that nobody knows if this is true or not.

 

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