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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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T-shirts from The Seals of Nam

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Hey so check it out!
The folks at T. A. G Printing  have very kindly offered to print The Seals of Nam T-shirts at cost. So, we kicked it off with “design and win” type compo. Here are the first results to have been submitted. What do you reckon? If you would like to order, please refer to The Seals of Nam website for details.

Formal request to IRB to drop Namibia from Rugby World Cup

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Each year, 85 000 nursing seal pups are beaten to death in Namibia. We are asking the International Rugby Board to drop Namibia from the World Cup (to be played in New Zealand later this year.) Here is a sample letter to the IRB, followed by the contact details for the various rugby unions involved. Please do contact them. 
To whom it may concern.
As you are probably aware, the International Rugby Board was recently forced to intervene and take charge of the Namibian Rugby Union amongst allegations of corruption and mismanagement. 
I now wish to draw your attention to an international boycott of Namibian sport, produce and tourism based on the country’s annual massacre of endangered Cape Fur Seals. Each year, 91 000 of these animals (which appear on Appendix 2 of CITES) are savagely beaten to death on the beaches of Namibia. 
News of the boycott is being rapidly spread by conservation organizations, media houses, animal rights groups and concerned citizens around the world. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are littered with references pertaining to the savagery of the hunt. The boycott also has the full backing of a number of South African celebrities, including Miss South Africa. 
Namibia will be playing three pool matches in New Zealand and Australia. Namibian fixtures and venues are as follows:
Namibia vs Wales 26th September 2011 Yarrow Stadium
Namibia vs South Africa 22nd September 2011 North Harbour Stadium
Namibia vs Fiji 10th September 2011 Rotorua International Stadium. 
In light of the above, and considering all the negative publicity generated from this slaughter, we are making a formal request to the IRB to drop all Namibian fixtures from the World Cup. We are also appealing to the teams from South Africa, Wales and Fiji to show solidarity in this regard and publicly denounce the annual slaughter. 
For further information and to find out who else the campaign organizers are targeting, you are referred to the following website https://sites.google.com/site/thesealsofnam/get-involved/the-boycott 
Your assistance and cooperation in this regard would be greatly appreciated.
Kind regards

Contact Addresses
sarfu@mweb.co.za (South African Rugby Union)
vilir@fijirugby.net (Fiji Rugby Union)
info@wru.co.uk (Welsh Rugby Union)
irb@irb.com (International Rugby Board)

Boycott Namibia – Namibia Seal Cull

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Seal, skinned & left to rot on the ice floes
With all the hype surrounding the Canadian seal cull, regular readers of this blog will know I decided to focus my attentions on the lesser known, but far more violent and cruel, Namibian seal slaughter. I began an intensive campaign called “The Seals of Nam” to spread the word and hopefully draw more attention to this heinous annual onslaught on the Cape Fur seals. Each year, 85 000 baby seals, still nursing from their mothers teats, are savagely beaten to death on the beaches of Namibia. Their pelts are sold for a paltry US$7. A further 6 000 bull seals are shot at point blank range so that their penises can be used to make an ineffective aphrodisiac. Read further and join me in fighting this madness. 

When I first began, I approached Francois Hugo, a man many believe to be the worlds leading expert on these animals. I informed Hugo of my intentions, not only with regards to an awareness campaign, but also to set up international protests and to even go so far as to institute an economic boycott of Namibia. Initially, it appeared as though Hugo was in favour of my plan. He willingly provided me with information and encouraged and supported my efforts. I used some of the info he provided me with on social media sites and credited him accordingly. However, for reasons still unclear to me, Hugo abruptly changed his tune. He accused me of stealing his info and labelled me with all manner of things. In his eyes, I was relegated to persona non grata, and (quoting) “a stupid prick behind a keyboard.” He publicly let it be known that he thought protests and a boycott were a complete waste of time. HIS plan was the only solution to ending the cull. Basically it entailed giving him vast quantities on money. Some US$16 million if I am not mistaken. Personally, I find this amount rather distasteful and amounts to nothing more than emotional extortion. 

Boycott Namibia
Never one to be shy of controversy, I did not allow his personal attack to dampen my enthusiasm for the project I had come to embrace. On the contrary, it strengthened my resolve to find an alternative solution and I began to achieve a certain measure of success. Protests sprang up all over the world, and top notch organizations such as Sea Shepherd, Fur Free SA, Beauty Without Cruelty, Bite Back, Seal Pup Defenders and the International Anti Fur Coalition sprang to my aid. Within a matter of weeks, we had celebrities endorsing our campaign and media were (and still are) reporting on our plans to BOYCOTT NAMIBIA . I am forever indebted to these organizations and cannot begin to thank them enough for their massive contributions.

But how can YOU, the reader of this humble blog, predominantly from countries FAR removed from Namibia, possibly get involved? Well, we have put together a list of simple actions that would undoubtedly help the cause. 

To find out which companies are the major contributors to the Namibian GDP, who you can write to and how you can support the boycott, CLICK HERE

To sign petitions, CLICK HERE

To find a list of things you can do to support us further, CLICK HERE


to go for their coffers

Open Letter to the Government of Namibia

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Dear members of the media.


Each year in Namibia 85 000 baby seals are brutally beaten to death on the beaches of Namibia in a cull larger than that of Canada. Journalists who try to film the cull are arrested and detained  by way of non-existent laws. The workers involved in the cull earn below minimum wage. There is no profit sharing scheme in place. The pelts are sold for $7 to an Australian who sells the fur coats for $ 30 000. Is this not absolute gross exploitation? The Cape Fur Seals are listed as threatened on appendix 2 of CITES and are recognised as such by all signatories to the United Nations.

Below is an open letter I have drafted to the Namibian Government. You are welcome to discuss it on air in your talk shows as well as on your news and printed media. This letter is being forwarded to all radio stations, news papers, magazines and tourism institutions and is also being circulated on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
For the attention of the Government of Namibia

Dear Honourable Members

It is with great sadness that I draft this letter as a citizen of neighbouring South Africa. Namibia has for many years been a destination I have looked forward to travelling to, not only for its close proximity, but especially for the multitude of attractions it has on offer. From the magnificence of the Etosha National Park and the Caprivi region to quad bike and 4×4 trails, star-gazing from the worlds oldest desert dunes to the Fish River Canyon and the scattered bones and shipwrecks of the Skeleton Coast, Namibia is a place alive with possibilities. It is surely one of the best destinations for any would be adventurer and I can think of few things better than enjoying ice cold Windhoek Beers under the shade of palm trees on the promenades of Swakopmund.

I find it sadly ironic that a country with so much potential choses to isolate itself from international tourism on the basis of its annual seal cull. The violent, savage and cruel beating to death of 85 000 baby seals is totally unacceptable. 

My challenge to you is to put an immediate end to this barbaric practice. The cull is totally unnecessary and does nothing positive for your country except to appease the greedy commercial interests of one Hatem Yavuz. In fact, all the cull is doing is tarnishing your status as viable international tourist destination. Employment for the 150 people involved in the clubbing of seals can (and will) be found if you took the initiative to market your seal colony properly in terms of eco-tourism. 

This correspondence serves to inform you that until the cull is ended, I will boycott your country not only in terms of tourism, but all Namibian produce. I will not drink those wonderful beers as previously mentioned, I will not buy “blood diamonds” from De Beers who support your economy, I will not purchase my favourite hand made German chocolates. I will ensure that any marble, aluminium or tin that I purchase does not come from Namibia. I will inform and discourage my friends from supporting your country and I will continue raising awareness to an international audience by making use of the internet and popular social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Orkit, Bebo, Google Buzz and StumbleUpon.

Please understand that I am not doing this out of malice or spite, but the continued slaughter goes against every grain of my beliefs. I urge you to become heroes, end the cull and be the proud leaders we would like to look up to.

Kind regards,


On the 15th of March, Myself, FUR FREE SOUTH AFRICA, Beauty Without Cruelty, The International Anti-Fur Coalition, Bite Back and numerous other organizations will be holding mass actions around the world, either in the form of actual demonstrations or via radio and print media awareness campaigns.

If you would like any further information, pictures or actual footage of the cull, or if you have any questions I could assist you with, you are welcome to contact me. I am also prepared to make myself available for any interviews if so required.

Kind Regards,

Patrick Dickens

A tribute to Sea Shepherd

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I made this last night for Sea Shepherd SA. Very moving, I hope you like it. No copy right infringement intended. Backing track is Sarah McLachlan. I do not own the rights to the pics, they were taken off the web. I do not make money out of this.

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/ 

The Namibian Seal Cull

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This is in Namibia, animals beaten to death
• The Namibian authorities have given permission for 86 000 seals to be clubbed
to death – 80 000 of them nursing seal pups. This is the largest slaughter of wildlife in Africa and it happens every year.
• Independent observers have concluded the killing methods to be cruel and
inhumane, causing unnecessary suffering. (See the SA Journal of Science 2010,
106(3/4.)
• Namibia is contravening its own Animal Protection Act, which expressly forbids
beating an animal to death. Hiding in terror.
• It is not about conservation, since there is solid scientific evidence that the
Cape fur seal is being threatened by extinction, and that it does not adversely
affect Namibia’s fisheries. (The quota of pups to be ‘harvested’ now exceeds
the number of pups alive on the first day of the ‘cull’.)
• South Africa stopped its seal culling in 1990 for the above reasons, and Namibia
was advised by the Commission on Sealing to follow suit.
• The Namibian Government has ignored all pleas, stating that it will not be
prescribed to by anyone.
• Clubbers hardly benefit, since they cannot even support their families. We are
advocating the promotion of community-based, sustainable seal-viewing ecotourism,
which already yields 10 times the revenue generated by the sealing
industry.
• There is no market for the pelts any longer, since the European Union has
placed a ban on the import of all seal products. All the pelts are bought by a
single businessman, Hatem Yavuz. He buys the pelts at US$6, whereas tourists
pay US$12 to view the living seals.
We ask that all people who care about other sentient beings should help
end this scourge by:
– Boycotting Namibian products
– Halting all tourism to Namibia
– Writing to organisations worldwide to gain their support
– Speaking for the voiceless by writing to the Namibian press and the Namibian
authorities, eg to the Namibian High Commissioner in South Africa, His
Excellency Mr Philemon Kambala, at secretary@namibia.org.za

Check out other websites such as the Anti-Fur Coalition

or Fur Free South Africa

as well as Seal Alert SA

You can also google petitions which are active in your area and inform as many people as possible as to the plight of these poor animals.