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    Posted September 16, 2012 by
    new haven, Connecticut

    Live Puppies and Kittens Are Being Used as Shark and Alligator Bait

    I discovered this atrocity through a petition by Maggie Grant and causes.com (http://www.causes.com/actions/1679274?recruiter_id=48627625&utm_campaign=invite&utm_medium=wall&utm_source=fb). American, Mexican and French Islanders on Reunion Island are using live puppies and kittens as bait for sharks and alligators. They pierce their faces and legs with giant hooks and then throw them into the water. The US currently punishes these fishermen with 2 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. This is not enough of a deterrent. Some fishermen take wealthy people along for sport. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Friday Harbor, Washington State, is offering a U.S. $1,000 reward to any Réunion police officer who arrests anyone using live dogs or cats as bait for sharks. Something more needs to be done before the idea catches on to other fishing communities.
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