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Six men to appear in court for illegal hunting

The suspects were caught with several greyhounds and two animal carcasses in their possession in July.

SPCA officials examine the carcass of a porcupine. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Six men are due to appear in the Atlantis Magistrates Court this morning for using dogs for illegal hunting.

The group was arrested after being caught with several greyhounds and two animal carcasses in their possession near Melkbosstrand in July.

WATCH: The dogs exploited for illegal hunting

The six men from Nomzamo near Strand face several charges, ranging from the possession of protected species to animal cruelty, after they were caught with a dead porcupine and the carcass of a cape fox.

Cape of Good Hope SPCA inspector Shaun Giles says the main motivation for dog hunting is betting, but says animal body parts are also sometimes sold.

"Porcupine, for instance, their quills can be sold and the rest of the organs will go to witch doctor or sangomas."

Cape Nature says dog hunting is destructive, adding that it's seen an increase in the illicit activity, particularly along the West Coast.