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Dogs used as shark bait on island off Africa

Dogs — live and dead — are being used as shark bait on the French-controlled island of Reunion,  National Geographic reports.

The small volcanic island off Africa’s east coast is loaded with stray dogs — more than 150,000, says Reha Hutin, president of the Paris-based Fondation 30 Millions d’Amis (the Thirty Million Friends Foundation).

Hutin sent a film crew to Reunion this summer to obtain proof that live animals were being used as shark bait. (The photo above is a video still from that filming.) The practice was first exposed on the animal rights group’s weekly television show.

A videotape and photographs show the dogs with multiple hooks sunk deep into their paws and snouts. Cats are also being used as bait, according to the organization.

“From then on everyone started to take the whole story seriously and realized it was true,” Hutin said.

A veterinarian successfully treated one of the canines, a six-month-old dog with a large fishhook through its snout at an SPA (Animal Protective Society) clinic in Reunion’s capital, St. Denis.

Unlike most of the hooked animals, the dog was someone’s pet, according to Saliha Hadj-Djilani, a reporter for the Thirty Million Friends Foundation’s TV program. The dog had apparently escaped its captors and was taken to the SPA by a concerned citizen. Fully recovered, the animal is now home with its owners.

The other two cases uncovered by Thirty Million Friends were strays. They now live in France with new owners.

The foundation plans to finance a sterilization program on the island to reduce the stray overpopulation.

Hutin said many locals view the strays as vermin. “There’s no value to the life of a dog there,” she said.

(Photo courtesy of Fondation 30 Millions d’Amis)


Comment from Marie
Time October 13, 2008 at 12:03 pm

I don’t think humanity is a common thread amongst those who live on the planet any more. I can’t understand how people can do this to another living animal. I don’t understand fur coats either, but this is just awful.

Comment from bluhawkk
Time October 13, 2008 at 2:25 pm


Your comment is far more polite than I could even begin to manage.

Comment from Urbanlegend
Time June 14, 2009 at 2:51 am

99% BS


Comment from olya
Time July 19, 2009 at 8:07 pm

could someone please post a link for a petition that is to be signed to stop this arrogating practice? if still required

Comment from Donna Mae
Time October 1, 2009 at 6:31 pm

I went to National Geographics to read story, the link to The Million Friends Foundation is where I found the petition to sign. Search for their “My Petitions” and I believe it is where I signed the petition.

Comment from Anonymous
Time June 29, 2010 at 12:28 pm

je travail dans la poroctetion animaliere et je trouve que lamour vrai et sincere quon trouve cest cher les animaux

Comment from daza
Time September 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm

sad f***s

Comment from guillaume
Time May 23, 2011 at 9:08 am


thank you for reading this article. Animal cruelty needs to be cleared from earth.

So does bad quality “documentaries” or “press release”. This piece of rubbish makes it sound like this happens everywhere in Reunion Island, everyday. This is complete rubbish.

Quoting “Thirty Million Friends Foundation” and “Animal Protective Society” is not enough to make a fact.

Whoever wrote this content is either a liar or a real amateur who doesn’t understand the meaning of his words or acts.

Reunion Island is one of the most active places in the world in terms of sustainable development and respect of the Living. This can be backed up by UNESCO (an organisation far more serious than 30 Millions d’Amis….)

Please, don’t believe what you read, look for further info to make yourself an idea of how true a fact is. People tend to make rules out of isolated occurrences. It just makes their “job” easier: how long would it take to bring a proper proof of that sort of behaviour on Reunion Island?

Comment from Sara
Time July 9, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Don’t know at all what to think having read this article and then comments. Will go and sign petition and look into this.

Comment from samantha
Time July 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

you people are sick and croll what did the dog ever do to you

Comment from Roy
Time August 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm

How could anybody stoop so low as to treat a animal this way.They, themselves should be used as shark bait. Very,very sick people.

Comment from Anna
Time January 23, 2014 at 4:24 am

The pictures that I’ve seen of the dog being dangled above the water tied to a rope look real to me; you can see the utter terror in it’s desperate flailing. One also cannot disagree that the dogs have large hooks through their snouts. So whilst, Guillaume and people like him defend the island, no-one can deny that something hideous is happening somewhere, perpetratrated by someone.
It is beyond my comprehension.

Comment from Bumble
Time September 4, 2015 at 8:31 pm

Omg. How lowly do you have to be to treat a dog that way?!