SOWETO— In South Africa, dog owners have been using greyhounds and mutts to hunt for rabbits, small antelope and other game in a traditional hunt done since the tribes first settled on the land. This type of hunting has been around for generations, with many people still relying on the tradition for food.
The dog owners continue to hunt for the small game as they have done for years, even though it’s illegal. Lately the hunt in South Africa has been stirring up more and more controversy, especially with the Rhino poaching crisis that has been making global headlines.
This type of hunting is a regular part of life for many people in the area. On weekends the hunters begin at sunrise as early as 5 a.m., sometimes gathering up to 20 dogs into a local taxi, to make their way to the hunting grounds west of Johannesburg. The owners use the dogs to corral and flush out game, with the hunt usually lasting until midday when it gets too hot for the dogs to work.
The anti-poaching lobbyists do not support this way of hunting, even though the African tribes in the area have been using dogs for this type of hunting since they first settled on the land.
The hunters have an obvious bond and connection with the dogs, and to see them in action seems a natural thing.