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Leader of the pack

 The Big Issue South Africa 15 September 2019

Sheep farmers in Namaqualand, South Africa, have a new weapon in their fight against predators. It’s big, it barks… and it thinks it’s a goat. Anatolian shepherd dogs are now being used to scare off leopards and other wild cats that kill farmer’s livestock. As the majority of Namaqualand’s farmers are poor subsistence farmers, these attacks are devastating and the farmers previously responded by hunting the animals down using brutal traps. Anatolian shepherd dogs are a humane alternative. Growing up with a herd of goats from a young age, the dog becomes fiercely loyal to the flock and protects it at all costs - living outdoors alongside them as one of their own. (1030 Words) - By Will Sinclair

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Anatolian shepherd dogs are a humane way of preventing livestock being killed by predators.Photo: courtesy of the Anatolian Shepherd Dogs Breeding Project

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Anatolian shepherd dogs are a humane way of preventing livestock being killed by predators.Photo: courtesy of the Anatolian Shepherd Dogs Breeding Project

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Anatolian shepherd dogs are a humane way of preventing livestock being killed by predators.Photo: courtesy of the Anatolian Shepherd Dogs Breeding Project

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Anatolian shepherd dogs are a humane way of preventing livestock being killed by predators.Photo: courtesy of the Anatolian Shepherd Dogs Breeding Project

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Anatolian shepherd dogs are a humane way of preventing livestock being killed by predators.Photo: courtesy of the Anatolian Shepherd Dogs Breeding Project

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Anatolian shepherd dogs are a humane way of preventing livestock being killed by predators.Photo: Steven Newbould

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Anatolian shepherd dogs are a humane way of preventing livestock being killed by predators.Photo: courtesy of the Anatolian Shepherd Dogs Breeding Project

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Anatolian shepherd dogs are a humane way of preventing livestock being killed by predators.Photo: courtesy of the Anatolian Shepherd Dogs Breeding Project


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