Seal Ban Bill Does Not Help All Seals

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Seal Ban Bill Does Not Help All Seals

From Francois Hugo, Seal Alert South Africa
May 2009

My only hope, is that the Namibian Prime Minister Nahas Angula, accepts the cruelty of his country’s sealing industry, and announces publicly an end it, and replaces it with the far more lucrative eco-tourism seal-watching.

Five hundred fifty MEPs in the European Union, voted in favor of a total import ban on commercial hunting/clubbing of seals of all age groups worldwide and their products. With just 49 MEPs voting against.

The ban will come into effect in 2010.

Francois Hugo of Seal Alert-SA writes:

I am particular pleased, not overjoyed at the EU MEPs decision, for although Namibia’s cull of baby seals is the only country in world doing so, the EU ban in 1983 of baby harp and hooded seals, which led to South Africa stopping its seal cull in 1990, did unfortunately, not include a ban on the more endangered CITES Appendix II listed Cape fur seals.

The latest legislative process to seek a new ban was initiated by UK MEP Carole Lucas in 2006. Her written declaration for a ban on harp and hooded seal species only, sadly once again did not include Cape fur seals or any of the other 13 species of seal commercially hunted involving over 15 million seals.

Today, all that has changed, Cape fur seals and 30 species of seal, with 15 species hunted, involving over 18 million seals worldwide are now officially banned from import in the 27-country EU, or their products.

In effect, I am pleased to say, I have single-handedly protected and saved 30 species of seals (all seals) involving over 18 million seals from cruel commercial seal hunts or clubbing.

My only hope, is that the Namibian Prime Minister Nahas Angula, accepts the cruelty of his country’s sealing industry, and announces publicly an end it, and replaces it with the far more lucrative eco-tourism seal-watching. Where already marine scientists have confirmed 400 000 tourists view Cape fur seals, a world leader, and with whom over USD $5 million is generated in ticket sales. 10-times the income generated by Namibia’s sealing industry.


Francois with rescued seals at his rehabilitation facility

For more information, visit Seal Alert South Africa.

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