Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
9 minute read
1 Nov 2021
5:37 pm

Pictures: Farmers warn of ‘bloodbath’, as illegal dog hunters ravage farms, livestock

Sipho Mabena

Illegal hunting syndicates are running amok in farming communities across the country, pillaging farms and killing anything that moves.

Hunters and their dogs cross onto a farm to hunt for game on a nearby farm, 28 October 2021, Dundee, KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Jacques Nelles

With his three farms constantly being pillaged, and livestock and game brutally slaughtered, KwaZulu-Natal farmer Hartman Potgieter is helpless, enraged and has warned of bloodbath if the invasions continue. Since August, Potgieter says he has had poachers with hunting dogs running amok on his farm near Kwa Nongoma, butchering game, including protected and endangered species, and turning his entire property into minefield of snares. A cow that had it's ears torn by a roaming pack of hunting dogs on a farm near Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal, 26 October 2021. Picture: Jacques Nelles He said hunters set up multiple snares across the...