The Kennel Club has been appalled by the recent press reports featuring the use of live dogs and cats as shark bait on the French controlled island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean.

The Kennel Club has already written to the Société Centrale Canine (French Kennel Club) to voice its concerns and is now calling for concerned animal lovers to do all they can to ensure this barbaric practice is stopped as quickly as possible to ease the suffering of these companion animals.

The Kennel Club recommends:
1. Everyone support and sign the RSPCA’s petition online at www.rspca.org.uk
2. Everyone bring pressure to bear on the French Government by contacting:

French Minister for Agriculture:
M Dominique Bussereau
Ministére de L’Agriculture
78 Rue de Varenne
75349 Paris
FRANCE

And copy this letter to The French Minister for Overseas Territories:
M FranÇois Baroin
Ministre de L’Outre-Mer
27 Rue Oudinot
75358 Paris
FRANCE

3. Everyone write to their local MP to urge them to write a similar letter to the responsible minister in France on behalf of the UK Government. Details of your local MP can be found at www.upmystreet.com

The Kennel Club has also written a suggested form of words (in both English and French) for readers to use when writing their letters, which is available below. If you can use your own words then this is even more effective and if you can write in French then better still!

Said Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary; “Any animal lover, on learning of this monstrous practice will surely want to do all they can to convince the French authorities that there is no place for this type of cruelty in a civilised society. Please do take the time and trouble to get involved with this campaign.”

Suggested form of words to the French Minister:

English

Dear Madame Bussereau/ Monsieur Baroin

I am writing to you to encourage the French Government to take strong action against the shark fishermen who use live dogs and cats as bait on the island of Réunion.

Whilst I appreciate animal welfare legislation may be difficult to enforce on the island of Réunion, where this abhorrent practice is embedded in the island’s culture, I strongly believe all efforts should be taken to ensure that it is totally abolished.

I feel sure that it would be possible to identify the fisherman who fish for sharks and organise proper controls on the boats as it is essential to take action against these individuals who cause unimaginable cruelty to dogs and cats.

I would urge that you listen to the weight of protest growing with regard to this issue and take the appropriate action.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,