The dark underbelly of dog racing: Unmasking the link to organised crime

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By Jacques Peacock and Arno de Klerk

The serene beauty of the South African landscape often conceals a sinister reality, a world where the pursuit of wealth and adrenaline collides with cruelty and organised crime. This is the grim underbelly of dog racing, a nefarious industry with ties to illegal hunting and the breeding of dogs, shrouded in secrecy and perpetuated by those who seek to profit at the expense of innocent animals. In this exposé, we delve into the intricate web of this illicit trade, unveiling how it embodies the very elements of organised crime, and we explore the hidden world that breeds suffering in its wake.

Dog racing’s illegitimate prowess
The continuation of illegal dog racing, a practice that has been banned in South Africa since 1949, is a harsh testament to the lengths people will go to for money, with little regard for the welfare of the animals involved. Despite the prohibition, these races continue clandestinely. The welfare of the animals involved in this illegal activity is a grave concern especially since the dogs are often bred and kept in inhumane conditions, typically being starved directly prior to racing to avoid torsion.


[This is only an extract of an article that is published in Servamus: January 2024. This article is available for purchase.]

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