Graphic Images And Video: Namibia; Hatem Yavuz is the King of Seal Killers

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“Please show your support against this horrific slaughter & sign the petitions at the end of this post.  New Websitehttp://www.thesealsofnam.org/

Hatem Yavuz from Turkey buys the pelts of every one of the 86,000 seal pups that are slaughtered every year in Namibia.

Every year in Namibia, 86,000 Cape Fur Seal pups are butchered to death and only one man has the contract to turn their fur into so-called fashionable apparel. The Turkish and Australia based company Hatem Yavuz named after the owner Hatem Yavuz controls roughly 60 percent of the world’s seal market and processes 130,000 seal pelts every year in his Istanbul factory. Yavuz also has a hand in the Canadian seal market and claims to be proud of what he does. In an interview that spurred a flurry of hate mail, Yavuz told 7 News in Australia that “it’s a job. If I don’t do it, someone else is going to do it.” He is called the King of Seal Killers.

Illegal Seal Killing

Green Prophet recently caught up with Pat Dickens, founder of the Seals of Nam, a non-profit organization that has been campaigning to end Namibia’s annual seal cull on the Cape Cross Seal Reserve. A popular tourist attraction, every year between July and November the sands of the reserve are stained pink from the blood of seal pups as young as seven months old.

Men with clubs and picks enter the seal colony early in the morning. The traumatized animals squeal and run away, often regurgitating their mother’s milk in terror. Their skulls are crushed and their throats slit. Several reports show that blows to their head often only render the animals unconscious.

These remains are cleaned up before tourists show up in what is a heavily regulated area.

Dickens has gone through all of the appropriate channels to appeal to the Namibian government to cancel its contract with Yavuz, which is valid until 2019, as it stands in direct contravention to the Animal Protection Act of 1962 that makes it unlawful to “overload, overdrive, override, ill-treat, neglect, infuriate, torture or maim or cruelly beat, kick, goad or terrify any animal.”

Boycott

He appealed to the Namibian ombudsman Adv. John Walters, which speech has since been followed up with a series of delay tactics. Several animal rights organizations have become involved and Jane Goodall and other celebrities have made public statements against this terrible practice.

Meanwhile, the Humane Society released a report which shows that the so-called seal-culling industry, which only employs 81 people in Namibia, benefits the Namibian economy 300 times less than live seals and eco-tourism would.

Since The Seals of Nam have not made progress “the nice way”, they have elevated the stakes of their campaign.

The activist organization recently sent a formal appeal to the world’s largest tourism fair taking place in early March, ITB Berlin, to bar Namibia’s attendance, and a series of other public protests will take place throughout the world in order to increase awareness of what has become the world’s largest seal harvest.

They have also called for a boycott of all major industries that contribute to Namibia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) including Namibia Breweries, De Beers, and Namibia Air.

Dickens, who quit a lucrative corporate career, sold his bike, and cashed in his pension to protect Namibia’s seals from the likes of Yavuz, told Green Prophet that the Wildlife Defense Society (WDS Namibia) recently announced their official support of the boycott, despite the enormous fiscal ramifications it could have for their own country.

Bloody Money

But the odds are stocked against the seals since the King of Seal Killers makes a lucrative living from his business. One seal fur coat sells for Aus $30,000 – “enough to buy a car,” he boasted in an interview with 7 News.

And in March, 2011, Yavuz said in a written email that he would sell his fur interests for $27,3 million Euros, according to Seal Alert SA. The “tycoon” is currently embroiled in a sex scandal with the wife of Turkish billionaire Yurdal Sert’i.

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Cape Fur Seals are listed as a UN-CITES Endangered Appendix II species and the United States, Mexico, the European Union, and Russia have subsequently banned all seal products in protest. If you would like to join the fight against Namibia’s annual seal harvest, please visit The Seals of Nam website and show your support.

News Post:– http://www.greenprophet.com/2012/02/hatem-yavuz-seal-killer/

‘Seals of Nam’; New Websitehttp://www.thesealsofnam.org/

“Unlike the seals targeted by the commercial Canadian seal massacre, the Namibian seal has much greater locomotive abilities. These seals will attempt to run away and can run almost as fast as a man, even over rough terrain. When they are being beaten to death, they take evasive action. Several blows are typically landed before the animal is rendered dead or unconscious. Since the EU and Russia have banned the import of Canadian skins, the Namibian seal “cull” has become the largest slaughter of marine mammals on earth. Namibia is also the only country in the world that allows for nursing pups to be slaughtered. It is for these reasons that the Namibian hunt is considered the most brutal of all seal hunts.”

Extract From:- http://www.thesealsofnam.org/the-horrors/

A baby seal regurgitates its mothers milk whilst being clubbed to death

Just a few of the many petitions available, to protest against this barbaric slaughter:-

Musician & Song Writer  Louise Du Toit, made the following video in support of  http://www.thesealsofnam.org/

“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.”

Louise du Toit – CD Albumshttp://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/LouiseduToit

Louise du Toit – Official Websitehttp://www.louisedutoit.com

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‘Noah’s Ark’ shipment of Namibian wild animals to Cuba disgusts welfare group

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Nambia has been condemned for planning to transport a “Noah’s Ark” of nearly 150 wild African animals, including elephants, rhinos, leopards, lions, antelopes and vultures to Cuba.

Elephant family group in Namibia. A consignment of key African mammals and birds is to be sent to Raul Castro’s Cuba. Photograph: Alamy

The national council of SPCAs (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in South Africa expressed “disgust” at the neighbouring country’s plan to capture the animals then fly them to the Caribbean island.

The project, dubbed “Noah’s Ark II“, fulfills a promise to the Cuban government in 2009 during a visit to Namibia by the country’s president, Raul Castro.

The plan is to relocate the animals to Cuba’s national zoological park, on the outskirts of Havana, a place that already holds captive 850 animals over 342 hectares (1.3 sq miles).

“The Namibian and Cuban governments have agreed on the translocation of 146 wild animals, valued at N$7.5m [£589,491], as a donation to Cuba,” reported the newspaper Namibian. The first consignment of the 23 species, including the ‘big five’, will leave for Cuba early in October, while the last animals will be flown to Cuba next year.”

The article added: “A group of Cuban scientists are currently in Namibia and will stay for the next two weeks to observe the capturing of the animals.”

The Namibian reported that white rhinos and black rhinos would be flown out. The full list of animals to be translocated to Cuba mentions roan antelopes, common impalas, greater kudus, Cape elands, gemsbok, springbok, hartebeest, elephants, buffalos, spotted hyaenas, brown hyaenas, lions, porcupines, leopards, black-backed jackals, cheetahs, caracals, honey badgers, bat-eared foxes, ostriches, and white-backed vultures.

“It was decided, for veterinary reasons, that warthogs, waterbucks, wildebeest and zebras will not be exported to Cuba,” the paper reported.

The paper quoted Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, the environment and tourism minister, as saying: “The Namibian taxpayers are footing the bill for the capturing and transportation of the animals to Cuba and we will only know the exact expenditure once the project has been completed.”

The government had budgeted N$25m (£2m) for the relocation of the animals in the 2011/2012 financial year, the paper added. Funds were also made available for the project for this year.

The animals will be taken from the Waterberg Plateau Park and kept in temporary enclosures before being flown out.

Nandi-Ndaitwah insisted: “This exercise is being done in accordance with the Cites requirements and we have to ensure that all animals are suitable to stay in Cuba.”

The scheme is criticised by wildlife protection activists. The NSPCA in South Africa said: “[We] express disgust at the Namibian government‘s decision to capture animals from the wild for transportation to Cuba.”

The organisation said it was concerned that the long flight would be stressful for the animals, and it questioned whether their new territory would be suitable.

The NSPCA said: “It is saddening to note that these animals will be taken out of their natural habitat and sent to a strange land where they will be deprived of freedom and be totally dependent on humans for their daily needs.

“Considering the inhumane culling of seals taking place [off] Namibia at the moment and the worldwide outcry, this latest action by the Namibian government and its ministry of environment and tourism raises serious concerns regarding this country’s stance on animal welfare. Perhaps something for animal lovers to consider when considering Namibia as a holiday destination.”

News Link:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/10/noahs-ark-namibia-wildlife-cuba?newsfeed=true

The Seals Of Nam – End the seal hunt in Namibia!

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On July 1st 2012, a quota of 85 000 Cape Fur seal pups are set to be beaten to death in Namibia. The pups are separated from their mothers. They are herded away from the safety of the sea where they are then beaten to death with pick handles. They are stabbed in the throat, often while still alive.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TO SAVE THE SEALS OF NAM

We can beat this cruelty!

A further quota of 6 000 adult bull seals will be set. These are to be shot at point blank range so that their genitals can be exported to the East where they are used to make ineffective sex potions for the Asian Market.

You can help put an end to this!

Aside from the cruelty aspect, an independent report shows that seal viewing based ecotourism in Namibia will yield three hundred times more revenue than the massacre and will create a wealth of job opportunities in a country desperate for employment.

This is not just about animals, but people too!!

Cape Fur Seals are a threatened species. They have suffered massive habitat loss, several mass die offs and they are listed on Appendix II of the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. (CITES)

With Namibia facing mounting public outcry and increasing consumer boycotts, we the undersigned are urging the Hon. Minister Bernard Esau to immediately end the annual bloodbath, protect the seals with effective new legislation and to allow all Namibians to benefit from this magnificent tourist drawcard.

Please sign and share this petitions. Time is running out and thousands of baby seals are going to beaten to death!

PETITION LINK:-http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/The_Seals_Of_Nam_End_the_seal_hunt_in_Namibia/

For more info refer to The Seals Of Nam website http://www.sites.google.com/site/thesealsofnam/

You can also E-mail the Namibian Ombudsman, Adv. John Walters. Here follows the addresses for his office:

vboesak@ombudsman.org.na

ivanwyk@ombudsman.org.na

Louise du Toit – CD Albums @ http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/LouiseduToit

Louise du Toit – Official Website @ http://www.louisedutoit.com

“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

Namibia: Seal Killing to Continue

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Everything you need to know about the seals of Nam

Did you know the Namibian seal hunt is responsible for the largest slaughter of wildlife on earth? It is considered to be the most brutal of ALL culls and is officially responsible for the deaths of more seals than the Canadian cull.

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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To kill the animal, the men need to administer a swift blow to the head. This is supposed to cause the cranium to disintegrate. This initial strike is seldom sufficient to kill the animal and, as it tries to take evasive action, it is repeatedly beaten until it is either dead or unconscious. The sealer then stabs the little ones in the throat, sometimes while they are still alive. The baby seals are known to become so terrified that they will vomit up their mothers milk. The sand on the beach is stained pink from all the blood. Carcasses are hurled onto the backs of waiting vehicles and the bulldozers set to work cleaning up the blood before the tourists arrive to view the colony. 

 The Law regards the seals:-The Law

The Animal Protection Act of 1962 (Namibia) gives mandate to the Namibian SPCA to arrest and detain people for beating an animal to death.
Rather than uphold this mandate (and respect the laws of their own country) the Namibian SPCA have not only condoned the slaughter of 85 THOUSAND seal pups and 6 THOUSAND bulls, but they have gone so far as to call this savage practice HUMANE!

Please sign petition here :-Stop the Namibian Seal Slaughter

Click Main Page:- The seals of Nam

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

via allAfrica.com: Namibia: Seal Killing to Continue, Says Esau.

Notes pdf document:- IFAW – Presentation to Canada’s Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans regarding a proposed grey seal cull, February 2012

Please sign petition here:-End Namibia’s Seal Killing

Please sign petition here:- Save the Namibian Cape Fur Seals From Extinction

Please sign petition here:- Animals Australia – Stop the ‘World’s Cruellest’ Seal Cull

“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”

Louise Du Toit

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:
https://sites.google.com/site/thesealsofnam/

Giraffe Trophy Hunting – not fun and certainly not helping

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An article published in ‘The Sun’ (Wednesday 17th January 2012) illustrated the horror of giraffe trophy hunting in Africa.

Contrary to what one might expect, in many countries hunters are legally allowed to kill and take home a ‘trophy’ of various different animals, including giraffe, lion and elephant.  Born Free Foundation would like to join all those that are outraged by this practice, and wholeheartedly condemn trophy hunting of any animal, on both welfare and conservation grounds.

A number of claims were expressed in the article, including the most commonly heard argument in favour of trophy hunting – that income from trophy hunting supports conservation by providing a financial incentive for communities living alongside wildlife to protect their natural resources. In actual fact there is scant evidence to support this. The vast majority of income generated by trophy hunting goes to hunting operators which are usually based in Europe or the USA, international airlines and government coffers. For the most part, the trophy hunting industry is woefully unregulated. The ‘holiday hunters’ may well pay a premium but the real price is borne by wildlife.

With increasing pressure from habitat loss, habitat fragmentation and poaching, trophy hunting merely poses an additional threat to the future survival of giraffes and other wildlife.

There is neither logic nor truth in ‘killing animals to save them’ and at Born Free we believe the real solution lies in a compassionate conservation agenda – protecting wildlife and finding solutions to conflicts which arise between animals and people.

What is Born Free doing? We recently helped return some Rothschild’s giraffes into an area where they had been killed off by poaching more than 40 years ago – read about this here and to contribute to similar incentives adopt a giraffe family.

Read more about trophy hunting and our campaign to end the practice.

Original Article in The Sun

via Giraffe Trophy Hunting – not fun and certainly not helping.

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