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Old Aug 28, '05, 5:49 pm
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Brigitte Bardot calls for halt to use of puppies as shark bait


Brigitte Bardot, the 1950s and 1960s film star turned animal rights campaigner, has called on the French government to halt the reported use by fishermen on the island of Reunion of live puppies and kittens as shark bait.

"It is imperative that the government does something to end this practice," she said in a letter to the minister for French overseas territories, Francois Baroin, a copy of which was given to AFP Thursday.

According to Clicanoo, a newspaper in Reunion, a French island located in the Indian Ocean, a six-month-old puppy was found last month with hooks implanted in its snout and one of its legs.

The French Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) told the daily the dog was the victim of cruel fishermen who attract sharks by throwing puppies or kittens into the water, tied to fishing lines, and wait for the predators to swallow the thrashing animals.

"We don't see that every day, but it's not the first time, either," Marie-Annick Chantrel, the vice-president of the Reunion branch of the SPA, told Clicanoo. "We've already seen cats six or seven months old with hooks in them."

Bardot told Baroin that "unfortunately these are not isolated incidents, and the people of Reunion are the first to be horrified by this despicable barbarity which mars the image of their island."

The campaigner, who runs an animal defence association, said she had written to authorities on the island to have them put a stop to the crime.
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Ah, France! So much for which to look down on the rest of us.
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Absolutely horrible. Go Brigitte!
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Old Aug 28, '05, 7:48 pm
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Kittens MAYBE...but Puppies?????????


Just kidding!

I read that story and my jaw dropped. People are nasty
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Old Aug 28, '05, 7:53 pm
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That's just wrong to fish for sharks like that.

Muskies, maybe.
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Old Aug 28, '05, 8:19 pm
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Sick. A puppy is your pal, not your chum.
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My wife has a Jack Russel I would like to throw to the sharks.....

Just kidding

The french??? How shocking.
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I have to wonder what kind of a mind would come up with something this disgusting. Usually, where there is this kind of abuse of animals, there is disregard for human life as well.
This is particularly egregious when you consider that what the sharks are looking for, is fish. These fishermen could be using their "trash" fish, as has been done for centuries.
These people have big mental & moral problems. I can only hope that somebody puts a stop to this before they move on to further fields for their sick minds....
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If you called the French on this, they would tell you that the inhabitants of Reunion aren't really French and don't even know how to air a Burgundy properly.
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I don't see a moral problem with this practice.

What makes it okay to do it to a worm but not another dumb animal? Because it's cute and furry? That makes no sense at all.

If it's the best way to catch sharks, then it's the best way.

Cruelty for the sake of cruelty is wrong. But this isn't for the sake of cruelty, and raising animals to the same level of dignity as humans is also wrong.
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Default Re: Brigitte Bardot calls for halt to use of puppies as shark bait

This is a moral theology discussion. Moving to proper forum.
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I don't see a moral problem with this practice.

What makes it okay to do it to a worm but not another dumb animal? Because it's cute and furry? That makes no sense at all.

If it's the best way to catch sharks, then it's the best way.

Cruelty for the sake of cruelty is wrong. But this isn't for the sake of cruelty, and raising animals to the same level of dignity as humans is also wrong.
An argument could be made that cruelty gratia cruelty is indeed the point here. There is nothing inherent in throwing a puppy into the water that will attract sharks. It is the agonized thrashing and yelping and the loss of blood which attracts sharks. If the puppy just paddled back to shore, the sharks would not bother. Causing pain is the point.

I think it also has something to do with the fact that we accept dogs into our homes as companions and workers. Humanity has bred dogs for certain purposes, and pushing hooks through their skin so that they may be eaten alive is not one of them, at least in most civilized societies. Good stewardship seems incompatible with using an animal for such a purpose.

I'm not crazy about hooking worms either; the worm did not ask to be hooked. Dogs definitely recoil in pain when sharp things are shoved into their noses. It is the revulsion we naturally have to causing pain that makes most of us sick by this act of barbarism.

Those who run puppy mills, in which dogs are raised and bred in disgusting and painful conditions, sometimes view dogs as just another form of livestock, no different from chickens. But humanity's history is bound with that of the dog. That bleeding, thrashing puppy awaiting the merciful jaws of a shark could make a companion, a worker, a guide. A dog is capable of learning, of giving and receiving love, and even of saving human life.

Torturing a puppy to death seems a horrible waste of one of God's gifts.
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Default Re: Brigitte Bardot calls for halt to use of puppies as shark bait

severinus, I would like to add this! Throughout history dogs and cats have been our companions and in the case of dogs also our protectors. I would ask Timidity to look up the history of St. Bernards Also, it would not hurt to read a bit of St. Francis' attitude for Gods creatures and God Himself had specific ways to kill sacrifices that were not cruel. So with that being said how dare we even try to excuse such cruelty?
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