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|Originally Posted: 1 July 2011|
Act to End the Namibian Seal Slaughter
[Ed. Note: More cruelty justified for "fashionable(?)" fur. Read Francois Hugo's (Seal Alert South Africa) Legal Opinion on the Namibian Seal Slaughter - 5 Jun 2011.]
Contact The Namibian SPCA, Namibian Prime Minister Hon. Nahas Angula and Hatem Yavuz the Turkish-Australian buyer of Cape fur seal skins (the ONLY buyer of ALL Cape fur seal skins) and demand they END the slaughter of 85,000 nursing baby Cape Fur seals.
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Hon. Nahas Angula - Prime Minister
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Current efforts at ending the massacre of Cape fur seal pups include a legal case that Francois Hugo is pursuing against the Namibian government for violating its own laws and constitution in allowing this massacre to take place each year. You can help by urging the SPCA of Namibia to support his lawsuit.
The SPCA, on its website, claims that it supports animal rights:
" In as much as there is ample evidence that many animal species are capable of feeling, we condemn totally the infliction of suffering upon our fellow creatures and the curtailment of their natural behavioral and other needs save where this is necessary for their individual benefit. We do not accept that a difference in species (any more than a difference in race) can justify wanton exploitation or oppression in the name of science or sport, or for use as food, for commercial profit or for other human gain."
Cape fur seals are really a species of sea lion. Two subspecies exist: the South African subspecies, found mostly off the coast of Namibia, and the Australian subspecies. The Cape fur seal pups are born between late October and early January. Most are born in December. The mother seals nurse their young for a year or more.
For 140 days, staring July 1st, the Namibian government permits the killing of about 85,000 nursing baby Cape Fur seals...on the pretext of creating employment for 120 unskilled workers living in cardboard shacks near the seal colony.
We wonder, are the leaders of Namibia unable to think of another way to provide employment for 80 people?
The South Africa Connection
The slaughter of these seal pups on the beaches of Namibia is only one part of the equation of extermination of the species. Another part is the historic removal of the seal colonies from their offshore island breeding grounds by the South African government, leaving them to breed on small rocky islands with insufficient barriers to large Cape waves and stormy seas. When the Cape fur seal pups are born, they, like harp seal pups, cannot yet swim. The storms, with their high winds and large waves, wash seal pups off these rocks and into the sea, where they drown by the tens of thousands each year.
The South African government no longer permits sealing, but it has done nothing to restore the colonies to the islands they used to inhabit.
Francois Hugo, of Seal Alert has proposed to bring seals back to their former breeding islands by establishing small colonies with rescued seals. He believes that this is the only way to get the seals to return. The South African government is, at this point, cooperating with Francois and allowing him to put his plan into effect on part of the seals' historic range. Francois now seeks financial help in implementing this plan. Information for sending funds is below.
There is yet another way in which the South African government has the blood of Cape Fur seals on its hands. Though South African laws prohibit the killing of seals and require regulations that prohibit the transport of firearms on fishing boats (which would be used only to kill seals), the government of South Africa has yet to promulgate such laws banning firearm possession by fishermen. Hence, tens of thousands of fishermen go to sea with firearms, killing seals each day.
Visit HarpSeals.org for MORE information about Fisheries, Government Policies, Seal Population Issues and more.
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