From the 1st of July, 80 thousand Cape Fur seal pups will be savagely beaten to death for their fur pelts. Six thousand bulls will be shot so that their penises may be used to make an ineffective aphrodisiac. For the next 139 days, terrified pups will be rounded up, separated from their mothers and be violently beaten to death. The colony will be rounded up at day break. Pups, bulls and cows will be surrounded and kept away from the safety of the sea. Men with clubs move in and the seals run in fear.
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NAMBIA will continue to kill seals in compliance with the country’s laws and relevant international practices although animal activists are doing all they can to stop the cull through campaigns pressing for an international boycott of Namibian tourism and products.
“Seals are still an important natural resource, and we need to find a common approach on how best to deal with some of these issues in order to protect and retain the good name of our country,” Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhard Esau, told the fishing industry during an annual address held in Walvis Bay on Wednesday.
He admitted that the seals should be killed within the legal framework of Namibia’s laws, but activists are of the opinion that the slaughter of tens of thousands of Cape Fur seals every year is contrary to Namibian and international laws.
Esau said despite government’s calls on activists to recommend “more humane” ways to kill seals than the clubbing and stabbing of pups, no alternatives have been suggested. Instead, pressure is growing for the killing of seals to be stopped altogether.
“This perception from [activists] is regrettable and needs to be resolved through consultations,” said Esau.
He acknowledged Ombudsman John Walters’s efforts to arrange a meeting with various groups on the issue last year. An aerial survey of the seal colonies along the coast was done, and Walters also observed the seal culling.
A report with input from the members of the Benguela Current Commission (BCC) – Namibia, South Africa and Angola – will be made public late this year.
According to Esau, the aerial survey done in December 2011 showed that the seal population was “in a healthy state”. In 2011, Esau increased seal quotas and rights for the coming season in an attempt to increase jobs, while sustainably managing local resources.
Last year 91 000 seals – 85 000 pups and 6 000 bulls – were destined to die at the hands of three concession holders. The annual seal cull is between July 1 and November 15
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“I have updated this post by adding this video, by my dear friend & animal warrior; Louise Du Toit. “It’s forlorn melody & sombre words are most befitting, to the despicable slaughter of innocent babies. Savagely beaten; their fur ripped from their tiny bodies. Please, heed the words of the chorus, beneath the video; will you raise your voice against this barbaric atrocity? Please, sign the petitions above”
Can you endure their pain?
Watch them die in vain?
Or will you raise a forceful voice
Against the clubbing rain?
“Namibia is responsible for the largest slaughter of wildlife on earth. Each year, 85 000 baby seals are violently beaten to death for their fur and a further 6 000 adult bulls are shot at point blank range. The Cape Fur seal is a threatened species and is listed on Appendix II of CITES.”
“I wrote this song and created the video as a special dedication to the tens of thousands of innocent seals which are ruthlessly killed every year during the Namibian seal slaughter. It is my sincere wish that this cruel practice will come to an end forever and I wholeheartedly support any efforts to make this wish a realization.”
“LET US ALL UNITE TO PROTEST AGAINST THE SEAL SLAUGHTER WITH HEART AND SOUL”
Music, lyrics, performance and video by Louise du Toit in Greece, 2012, as an artistic contribution to the worthy efforts of “Seals of Nam” to stop the Namibian seal slaughter. The official site of “Seals of Nam” is at the following link: