By Elizabeth Pierson
Man's best friend is being used to help South Africans hunt small game, even though it's illegal.
In Soweto, dog owners take their greyhounds and mutts to nearby fields (or velds) to hunt rabbits, small antelope and other small game during a traditional hunt.
This form of dog hunting has been around for generations, according to the European Pressphoto Agency. On weekends, at sunrise, hunters and sometimes up to 20 dogs pile into a local taxi to go to the hunting grounds to the west of Johannesburg. The dogs work together to corral the game and the hunt usually lasts until until midday.
Though hunting in South Africa has stirred up some controversy, especially related to poaching, many families rely on this form of dog hunting for food. Anti-poaching lobbyists don't support this type of hunting, even though African tribes from the area have had dogs and used them in hunting since they first settled on the land. Photos.