Thieves bludgeon pigs to death

2011-11-30 12:06

Durban - A pig farmer near Shelly Beach says he is "really upset" by the cruel way thieves stabbed and bludgeoned his animals to death at the weekend.

Eight pigs were butchered by a gang of unknown men.

Farmer Fred Swart said he disturbed the perpetrators. They had packed the slain animals into sacks and tried to carry them off the property.

“I spotted them carrying the sacks and shouted,” he said.

The men dropped the sacks and started to run.

“I ran after them but since my house is quite a distance away from the piggery, the men got away.”

Stabbed, bludgeoned

It appears the men used an assegai and dagger to repeatedly stab the pigs and a brick was to bludgeon them.

“I’m really upset at the way these animals were killed. It was an act of cruelty,” said Swart.

He said it was evident that the pigs died horribly, since there were many stab wounds on the carcasses.

Swart, who has owned the farm for 25 years, said it was not the first time an incident such as this had occurred.

“This has happened in the past, but it has been some time since anyone tried to steal from the farm.”

Swart said the carcasses were handed over to a local restaurant. He opened a case of theft with the police.

  • koo.doyle - 2011-11-30 12:20

    When they find these savages, put a bullet in their heads. People like this do NOT deserve to live. It is absolutely disgusting.

      RobertaKeeling - 2011-11-30 12:56

      No no - that is being TOO kind. Stab and bludgeon them like they did to those poor animals!

  • Iare - 2011-11-30 12:27

    It is disgusting the way the poor animals were killed but what is also very disgusting is that the meat was then taken to a restaurant! There are standards which clearly werent adhered to. Scarey to think that some people will be eating meat which wasnt killed at an abatoir.

      John - 2011-11-30 12:59

      i am sure the meat is safe and its better than going to waste, these people are worse than the pigs they killed

      robert.ferreiro - 2011-11-30 13:02

      millions do it every day in Africa...

      Stephanie - 2011-11-30 13:48

      You think some abbatoirs are better?

      Shawn - 2011-11-30 14:58

      Ja, lol. . . you clearly have not visited some of the abettoirs in SA and you would not want to.

      Rustic - 2011-11-30 16:15

      I am sure this must have been a misquote. There is no way these animals would have been offered or taken by a "local restaurant". Completely against the law - and let me tell you, this law is very vigorously applied - as it should be. Also, the meat would be full of adrenalin and very unpalatable.

  • Ismaeel - 2011-11-30 12:32

    Animal Cruelty, SAD that some ppl just don't care about animals..

      Maai - 2011-11-30 12:34

      They arent people.

      StarStruck - 2011-11-30 12:40

      No they are. They just don't know any better.

      Rustic - 2011-11-30 16:17

      StarStruck. Would you have the same to say if they were your pigs?

  • StarStruck - 2011-11-30 12:39

    Sjoe this is how desperate some people have become. The government could have given these people the skills to farm for themselves but instead chose to let the people find their own way to get by. 17 years!!!! There is absolutely no way the ANC can take the elections again. I mean seriously these people can't really think that this is how a country should be run???

      Maai - 2011-11-30 12:54

      The "people" you refer to dont think much. They lack the ability to plan for a better future, thats why Africa is stuffed.

      Lucille - 2011-11-30 12:58


      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-19 15:47

      Maai is right. I know a farmer in Shongweni Valley who works his land day and night. He is an old man and he tells me the others laugh at him, get drunk and then steal his harvest when it comes. Lazy lot.

  • Aubrey - 2011-11-30 12:41

    The big brave zulu warriors are at it again. Can there be a lower from of life than these things called humans.

      Maai - 2011-11-30 12:52

      Yes, the judges that let them off.

  • nothile.dlamini1 - 2011-11-30 13:01

    savages, native, etc! All these words you use to describe people just to make yourselves feel better are all just saddening! Its sad how the internet has made people find ways to express their racism and not care. The funny thing is that there was no mention of race in the article and yet half the comments on here just bring out so much racism. What happened to giving everyone a chance to say their voice. Yes this is a sad story and animals don't deserve to die like this...I mean Who gave us humans the right to rule over them? Just as there was not right for the apartheid government to rule over black people and ,make them feel inferior to white people, there is no reason why whenever we comment on crime we focus on race! What happened to gender, class inequities, poverty and sheer bitterness? What did the apartheid government think will happen if they favor one race over another and leaving millions in poverty and out of employment? THAT is the result of it! These people are desperate and as much as killing innocent animals is painful and saddening, I think we can grow up and look past race and stop making every comment about crime in SA a race thing! The lack of critical, intellectual debate on these comments is just sad and shows just how much we youth of SA want things to change in this country!

      Utopian - 2011-11-30 13:15

      Oh so you cannot brand a white person a savage then. It is irrelevant what race these "savages" are they should be punished all the same. Stop always making everything out to be a an issue of race and start focusing your energy on condemning the behavior of the degenerate's.

      Lana-May - 2011-11-30 13:18

      You are the one that should grow up. I hate racism myself but no one on here, no comment I read had anything to do with race...

      Aubrey - 2011-11-30 18:27

      i bet you one years salary that the perpetrators of this deed are zulus, dont blame this behaviour on apartheid it does not jel im sorry. i lived all my live in zululand i know there make up probably better than you do.

  • Lana-May - 2011-11-30 13:14


      Shawn - 2011-11-30 15:00

      pun ? ? ?

  • Irené - 2011-11-30 13:14

    i wonder how many people commenting here eat Eskort and other pork suppliers meats. if you have any idea how farmed pigs are treated you would be horrified. they are the 4th smartest mammal on earth- yet they are slaughtered by millions in SA and elsewhere so some selfish human can have some bacon or ham. Please wake up people, animal cruelty remains the same, whether it is commited by abattoirs or thieves- fact is- PIGS SHOULD NOT BE EATEN. They are gorgeous, sentient and intelligent beings, yet how many people are willing to give up the salty bacon in favour of their rights. Pigs are kept in abhorrent conditions on big farms, where sows cant even turn and are left to lie in their own excrement, how great is that! I hope all you commentators never touch pig meat- no ham, no vbacon and no pork ribs. If you are shocked by this article please educate yourselves about how 95% of pigs are treated before they are killed legally in abattoirs. there's no difference its just human ignorance

      Lana-May - 2011-11-30 13:21

      I suppose you are right..... its just soooo yummy though...

      Maai - 2011-11-30 13:27

      You almost put me off ribs there...

      davieoosie - 2011-11-30 13:45

      Pigs have the right to be tasty!!!

      Utopian - 2011-11-30 13:50

      You should see how they treat the lettuce at my local fruit and veg. Makes me sick !!

      Lana-May - 2011-11-30 13:53

      Oh so animals that is lower in the food chain is less important? Dont they ALL have feeling?? That comment was just stupid.... now I really feel like ribs!, just a joke, calm down!

      Lana-May - 2011-11-30 14:04

      Utopian - - you just made me fall off my chair!!! Classic!

      davieoosie - 2011-11-30 14:22

      Could you work out a menu for us then, Irene. From top to bottom.

      TheSlip - 2011-11-30 14:39

      Your raging attitude might suggest a vitamin B12 deficiency. Just sayin'.

      Irené - 2011-11-30 15:14

      @ sputnik oh yes Im the one who is insulting, didnt your mother tell you its bad manners to tell someone to 'shut up'? i happen to know a huge amount about pigs and their behaviour- so I am sorry if it offends you but i will give my opinion. immature jokes are not appropriate when it comes to the welfare of sentients beings- do you also joke about child abuse??

      Deon - 2011-11-30 15:32

      You must be a jew.

      Mike - 2011-11-30 15:43

      Irene you are right, pigs are far smarter than people know. I did some research and am quite amazed. I can't find scientific info as to the sentient part or what that means in relation to pigs. Can a pig recognize itself in a mirror because my understanding is that a sentient being is self aware. They are smarter than dogs which is interesting. They make great pets as well. I am a meat eater so a bit conflicted about this.

      Rustic - 2011-11-30 16:25

      Oh dear, Irene. You are obviously heavily into utopian urban belief-systems and preach like an evangelist. Get real - it is only in the last 100 years or so, that vegans stopped dying from malnutrition - thanks to suitcases full of supplements.

  • TheSlip - 2011-11-30 14:35

    A little relief:

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2011-12-02 19:38

    Wait till someone starts bashing the real pigs, lmao!

  • Anthony De Lucchi - 2014-07-16 15:39

    Pigs have really made the news this week, from Modise's farm to the uncircumsised pig farmer being robbed and a truck overturning and the pigs being stolen to this! It has become the week of pigs!

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