As part of the war on gangsterism and crime, a specialised new team in the DA-run Western Cape has been set up to stop dogfighting.
The Western Cape Safety Plan aims to halve the murder rate over the next ten years, and dogfighting is part of the problem – often linked to things like illegal gambling and the trade of illicit substances.
The Office of the Minister Community Safety, Albert Fritz, met with members of the Cape Animal Welfare Forum (CAWF) to address the issue of dog fighting. It was agreed that a follow up meeting should be held with stakeholders including law enforcement, CAWF, the Department of Community Safety and Social Development to establish a task team that can immediately respond to cases.
Representatives in attendance included the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, Animal Welfare Society South Africa and the Department of Social Development (DSD). During the meeting, it was resolved that stronger links should be formed between the local offices of the DSD and CAWF where there are reports of young people who are involved with dog fighting. CAWF further expressed the need for a targeted communications strategy to create awareness of dog fighting.
“I look forward to meeting with CAWF and other stakeholders to establish a task team to respond to reports of dog-fighting. I have previously condemned the prevalence of dog-fighting in Ocean View and the Cape Flats communities and re-iterated that the blood sport is both criminal and cruel. It was reported that there is an increasing number of school-aged children participating in dog fights. Where the dog loses the fight, they are destroyed by the child. Dog fighting is often linked to other forms of illicit or criminal behavior such as illegal gambling and trade of illicit substances. It is of great concern that young people are being drawn into dog fighting as they are seemingly being diverted into a life of criminality.” – Albert Fritz