Every week our Inspectors visit a different area to educate and raise awareness to stop dog fighting.
Last week our team visited the Fisantekraal. Fisantekraal is a township located 10 kilometres northeast of Durbanville and about 40 kilometres northeast of central Cape Town. According to the 2011 census, the township has a population of 12,369 people.
During this outreach, a large number of children were educated on the impacts of dog fighting on our communities and the dogs themselves. We also taught them that real men fight crime and not dogs. During our outreach initiatives we assist with dipping and deworming of the dogs, we offer free sterilization and hand out our dog fighting brochures.
The Law is clear
It is a crime to be involved in any manner with the fighting of animals or to own, keep, train or breed animals used for fighting. It is also illegal to buy, sell or import these animals. Moreover, it is a criminal offence to incite/encourage or allow any animal to attack another animal or proceed to fight and It is a crime to promote animal fighting for monetary gain or entertainment. You are committing a crime if you rent your property or property you manage for animal fighting purposes. You are committing a crime if you allow any one of these activities to take place on a property you own, live on or have control of.
It is a crime to watch a dog fight. Even being a spectator at a dog fight is a criminal offence, as is being on the same property where dog fighting is taking place.
Should you be found guilty you may be liable for a fine of up to R80,000 and/or Imprisonment of up to 2 years. You will have a criminal record and you will be denied the right to animal ownership.
Join the SPCA Anti-Dogfighting Watch Squad
You can join the SPCA Anti-Dogfighting Watch Squad by signing up as a member. Together we will make a bigger impact and eradicate dogfighting as a whole.
You can also make a donation towards our Anti-Dogfighting efforts. We would like to thank Medinox for being a kind sponsor of our Anti-Dogfighting efforts.
Please make a donation and support our anti dogfighting efforts
SPCA ANTI-DOG-FIGHTING UNIT
Dog fighting is an inhumane blood-sport where dogs, who have been bred, conditioned and trained to fight, are pitted against each other to fight. In most cases dog fights are for spectator entertainment and financial gain.
Dog fighting is a thriving underground crime that may be happening in your community without you even knowing about it!
Most dogs that are used for fighting live a miserable life where they are kept chained or caged in poor living conditions for most of their lives.