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The beginning of September I was fortunate enough to make representation on behalf of The Seals of Nam to the Namibian Government regarding their annual seal cull. 

Part of my presentation included handing over a petition with over ten thousand signatures from people supporting a boycott of Namibia and requesting the Government to immediately end the slaughter of 91 000 seals each year (the largest slaughter of wildlife on earth) This was a massive success, as it certainly got the tourism industry very worried. 

The problem with the meeting was that the Ombudsman, who is to make a decision regarding the future of this barbaric practice, failed to give any clear indication as to when he will make decision. He implied that it would be before September 2012. Not good enough. This would allow for another season of slaughter and consequently another 91 000 animals brutally and savagely bludgeoned to death. 

The next step is to petition the ombudsman into placing an immediate moratorium on ALL seal culling activities until such stage as he has made his decision. Clearly, the seal cull in Namibia has been shown to be not only an animal rights issue, but it also impacts on the economy. The workers involved are being exploited to such an extent that they live in makeshift shacks while an elite foreigner, Hatem Yavuz, reaps millions from his fur businesses. We have also produced Namibian legislation, such as the Animal Protection Act and The Marine Resources Act to show that the annual massacre is in contravention of Namibia’s own laws. It is ILLEGAL. 

YOU can help us getting this moratorium passed. Please sign the petition by clicking HERE



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The Seals of Nam

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Is this not truly a magnificent sight?



These are Cape Fur Seals. This pic was taken at Cape Fria in Namibia. Each year, 85 000 nursing pups are bludgeoned to death for their fur and an additional 6 000 adult bulls get shot so that their penises can be used to make an ineffective aphrodisiac. 


The corruption behind this slaughter is mind blowing. The SPCA in Namibia refuse to get involved, claiming that a seal (according to Namibian law) is not an animal. There is reason to believe diamonds from De Beers are being smuggled out in the corpses of these animals as 60% of the massacre takes place on a Government controlled diamond field. 


For further info, check out “The Seals of Nam” While Francois Hugo of the group “Seal Alert” has been at the forefront of the battle to end the cull for many years, The Seals of Nam approach seems to be helping swing the tide. They are pushing for international boycotts and attack Namibia with a holistic and multi pronged approach, including formal requests to the International Rugby Board to drop Namibia from the Rugby World Cup 

Namibia to face a full onslaught of international boycotts

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In a news article today, Bernard Esau, the Minister of Fisheries announced he plans to increase the quota for the slaughtering of seals.

Esau makes no reference to any scientific justification for the increase, neither does he propose how many jobs will be created. His proposal is a very transparent revenge attack for the pressure being heaped on Namibia over its atrocious seal massacre. Esau himself stands to gain financially from this increase as he and his wife both own shares in a business selling seal skin products. 

The Seals of Nam and our international partners have concurred that for every seal set over and beyond the current quota, we will send out 1 000 emails to various parties informing them of the slaughter and encouraging them to join the international boycott. These emails will include graphic footage and will direct people to write emails to their own governments urging sanctions, trade embargoes and restrictions to be imposed on Namibia. 

We maintain the seals are not responsible for a decline in Hake stocks. We are adamant that the decline is due to the Ministry of Fisheries lack of resource management and failure to curb illegal fishing in Namibian waters. The minister in question has done nothing to address the problem of employment when there are over 1000 fishing applications that are yet to be granted. Furthermore, the Namibian Government is guilty of awarding construction tenders to Chinese businesses as opposed to Namibian companies. It has been established that these Chinese construction companies also have business interests in the seal slaughter industry. 

We reiterate that viable and sustainable eco-tourism will create far more jobs and increased revenue for the people of Namibia. It will lead to large scale investment and will not adversely affect the fisheries at all.
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The Namibian Seal Cull

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We all know about the Canadian Seal Cull. Disgusting, barbaric. But how many are aware of the Namibian seal cull? Do you know that the Namibian cull is the largest slaughter of its kind on the planet? It is considered to be the most brutal of all culls and is now officially responsible for the death of more seals than the Canadian cull.
terrified seals run for their lives

On the first of July, 85 000 suckling seal pups and a further 6 000 bulls will be killed in the annual cull. For the next 139 days, terrified pups will be rounded up, seperated from their mothers and be violently beaten to death. The colony will be rounded up at daybreak. Pups, bulls and mothers will surrounded and kept away from the safety of the sea. Men with clubs move in and the seals run in fear.

The babies vomit their milk up in fear

The sealers will cut the little ones throats, sometimes while they are still alive. The baby seals are known to be so terrified that they vomit up their mothers milk. The sand on the beach is stained pink from all the blood. Carcasses are thrown onto the back of waiting vehicles and the bull-dozers come in to clean up the beach before the tourists arrive to view the colony. 

There is not ONE animal charity that has an active campaign against this mindless slaughter. Not ONE! And each year, despite a declining population, the quota gets increased. But before I get into the quota, I want you to consider the following.
The cruelest of all culls
The Cape Fur Seal is listed on Appendix 2 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. (CITES) This means that they are not yet threatened with extinction, but their survival is dependent on conservation. They have a natural mortality rate of around 30% within the first few weeks of being born. In Canada, sealing only begins after the pup is fully weaned and is self surviving. The Cape Fur Seal however, takes much longer to wean, up to 11 months. Clubbing begins when they are seven months old. Yes, still baby babies.
Bull-dozers clean up the beach 

Loss of habitat, the fishing industry and starvation are major threats to these animals. Between 1994 and 2000 some 300 thousand seals died from starvation. In 1993 the pup production was 164 248 with a sealing TAC quota of 50 850 – (31% of pups) In 2000 the pup production was 147 823 (90% of 1993) with a sealing TAC quota of 60 000 – (41% of pups). In 2006 the pup production was 107 910 (73% of 2000) with a sealing TAC quota of 85 000 – (79% of pups) What justification is there for the Namibian government to increase the quota from 31% to 79% considering the two mass die offs in between where between a third to a half of the population died of starvation? This amounts to a seal genocide! 

Hatem Yavuz
The ministry of fisheries claims it has on several occasions asked the public for a more humane method of culling. To date, no one has come up with a solution. The cull is driven by ONE man. Hatem Yavuz. He has the contract to buy every skin from the Namibian cull until 2019. He pays $7 per pelt while foreign tourists pay $12 to view the colony (after the bull-dozers have cleaned up the beach that is) His solution to the method of culling is, and I quote  “In order for them to feel less pain, they need to be killed with a club that has a nail in it.” Yavuz, who describes himself as an animal lover, is arrogant in the extreme. He wears a necklace made from the teeth of a white whale he killed. Dubbed “The King of the Cull” Yavuz jokes in an interview with Australia’s Seven News that he wears his crown with pride. He laughs at the interviewer and makes silly and snide comments the whole way through. Yavuz and his partner run their business “Hatem Yavuz Deri” from Sydney and apparently also have offices in Turkey, Russia and South Africa. Here is his e-mail address hatemyavuz@superonline.com Feel free to raise your concerns. 
But enough of that particular moron. I now wish to draw your attention to the hero of this story and not the villain. The Patron Saint of Cape Fur Seals is a South African who has fought tirelessly against this Namibian cull. Francois Hugo.  In 1999, Hugo established “Seal Alert-SA” as a “direct hands on organisation to address the imbalances, cruelty and abuse that has plagued this species for 600 years.” Paul Watson, co-founder of “Greenpeace” and founder of “Sea Shepherd Conservation Society” has this to say 
Francois Hugo
” One of the rarest things among people are those who have forged a bond with another species. It is such people that I admire and respect most for they have shaken loose the bonds of anthropcentrism and they have pierced that mysterious but familiar veil that separates us from the other wondrous species that share this incredible planet with us. Francois Hugo is one such person whose profound love for the Cape fur seals manifests itself in a raging passion that  fuels both his anger at the injustice done to the seals and his compassion to do all that he can to defend and protect the seals. Francois is a devoted shepherd to these marvolous creatures and he needs the assistance of every person who can muster up the compassion to support him. Here is a man who is not asking for anything but for people to join his plea to the government of South Africa to help protect and save his beloved seals.”
Francois, for all you have done and all you continue to do, I salute you. Though I cannot do much, I will do my damndest to raise awareness to the plight of these animals and let the world know about the atrocities being perpetrated against them. Thank you.  
If anyone who reads this would like to know more, or if you are able to assist Mr Hugo in any way please contact Seal Alert SA http://sealalertsa.wordpress.com/