Ocean View competes for one of the most ironic place names in the world. Sandwiched between mountains and exquisite white sand beaches, this remote suburb of Cape Town doesn’t really have sea views. It was founded in 1968 by the Apartheid administration of South Africa as a so-called “town” of colored races, expelled from areas overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
The stone and brick house is set in an empty grassless plot, demonstrating a middle-class life by South African standards. There is no extreme wealth or poverty, but it still touches on the country’s widespread problems of unemployment, substance abuse and crime. Raising and keeping a fierce dog is part of the local culture. For example, to protect the house from thieves.
But for fun and money, some people turn to fighting dogs, brutal and illegal activities. Pitbull and other hounds are bred and trained to kill each other. “These battles can make the owner 5,000 to 20,000 rand ($ 330-1,300 / 300-1,200 euros) if his dog wins,” said one dog he said gave up business. Said the owner. Combat takes place in a rural apartment or a ring set up “in the bush” where passers-by can’t hear the barking or suffering dogs. The owner sets the date of the fight about eight months in advance, giving the dog enough time to raise and abuse it, and prepare to fight in unconscious ferocity.
The battle continues until one dog dies. “It can last from 40 minutes to 3 hours,” sources said on anonymous terms. Police are trying to crack down on illegal activity and often use informants to destroy networks, insiders said. But dogs aren’t just kept to fight. Keeping a fierce dog provides social status as a sign of vitality and also provides protection. “My dog is a bad dog, so no one jumps over my fence,” said one owner proudly. — AFP
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