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Namibia's Deadly Little Secret: The Cape Fur Seal Cull

Animals  (tags: nambia, seal slaughter, cull, horrific cruelty, outrage, cape fur seals )

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In less than four months, the Namibian seal 'cull' will begin, and over 90,000 seals will be brutally clubbed to death in what is now the largest slaughter of marine wildlife on the planet. It is considered to be the most brutal of all 'culls,' and is


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Beth M (138)
Sunday April 10, 2011, 11:43 am
This is a disgusting practice that must be stopped.

T. A. H (39)
Sunday April 10, 2011, 11:50 am
This is horrendous. I've written to the organization suggesting they start a petition on Care2, PETA, and to bring attention to this massacre. Would you contribute $7 to Save a Seal campaign? This is the amount the sponsor of this "event" is paying for each seal skin. TAKE ACTION.

Alicia V (181)
Sunday April 10, 2011, 12:45 pm
I agree Toni. Thanks

Cindy C (125)
Sunday April 10, 2011, 2:12 pm
that is just evil

Regina P (63)
Sunday April 10, 2011, 5:10 pm
Noted. Awful situation.

Patrick Donovan (344)
Sunday April 10, 2011, 6:19 pm
The basic issue is simple: "The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But, can they suffer?" (Jeremy Bentham, philosopher and animal rights activist; 1748-1832.)

Nicole McNally (18)
Monday April 11, 2011, 12:07 am
A lot of people forget that Canada is not the only country that brutally slaughters seals for their pelts and meat. Thank you for bringing this story to our attention.

Monday April 11, 2011, 12:37 am
sadly noted...:((
thank you, Simone!

Carol Janchenko (11)
Monday April 11, 2011, 12:17 pm
:( :( What man-KIND will do for profit ................ :( :(

Rosie Lopez (73)
Monday April 11, 2011, 12:27 pm
Go sea shepherd!!

Carlos L (1)
Monday April 11, 2011, 12:30 pm
Absolutely indecent. It's shame for the human species to do something like this. A real shame.

Irene Leggett (0)
Monday April 11, 2011, 1:06 pm
Money is the root of all evil, and in this case, its so true.

Reynard Loki (16)
Monday April 11, 2011, 2:23 pm
For more on this, see my exclusive 13.7 Billion Years interview with South African seal rescuer Francois Hugo, the founder of Seal Alert-SA, who has been campaigning to stop this brutality.

Shannon Hudgens (18)
Monday April 11, 2011, 2:44 pm
sadly noted:-(

Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday April 11, 2011, 3:05 pm
Absolutely appalling

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Monday April 11, 2011, 3:52 pm
What is the use of the Namibian SPCA if they have actually condoned this cruel and violent act, while it is in their power to stop it? I have actually read an article in the paper here in South Africa today about this with a picture of Hatem Yavuz, standing there smiling in his fur coat - very proud of himself. I agree with Irene that money is the root of all evil - this man is truely evil! Thanks Simone.

Laverne Wallace (59)
Monday April 11, 2011, 4:39 pm
Do they always have to kill something?

Vladimir Tarlo (50)
Monday April 11, 2011, 4:47 pm
Barbarians will stay barbarians.

Carol H (229)
Monday April 11, 2011, 7:15 pm
just terrible!

Gloria H (88)
Monday April 11, 2011, 7:18 pm
Never heard of this particular cull, nor, I must confess do I know where Namibia was. Sure do now! Seal hunts will continue as long as mean women hanker for a seal coat. I hope each and every one gets splashed with red paint!!!!

Past Member (0)
Monday April 11, 2011, 7:30 pm
I emailed to see whether we can learn of someone to write to, petition to sign....Horrific.

Maria Teresa Suplico (5)
Monday April 11, 2011, 7:34 pm
Go Yvette! Count me in to sign the petition once it's online! How awful! My teacher lived in Namibia for a year and had only praises to sing about the people but now this comes up to destroy my beautiful impression of the country. I hope this stops soon.

janet f (29)
Monday April 11, 2011, 7:36 pm
Everyone involved with this slaughter of innocent t lives should end up in a fire pit in hell. How can someone get up in the morning and go out and club helpless, immobile animals to death? It defies any kind of rational thought.

Elaine Metz (19)
Monday April 11, 2011, 8:40 pm
This is absolutely horrible, what is the purpose? Get a petition going

Gwen Hillman (11)
Monday April 11, 2011, 11:18 pm
This MUST be stopped - by any means. Are these people so stupid that they don't realise that their country will make more money with these seals alive. Sea Shepherd must get involved (and take with them the support of millions) !!!!!!!! How do these people sleep at night knowing that they have murdered so many !!!!! This should be considered a crime against humanity - and I think these seals (or any other animal) are more human and more humane than we are - we are the savages. Says a lot, doesn't it ??????????????

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 6:11 am
After seeing the photo I started to cry, I had to stop for a minute, the Cruelty that the human has and is doing to all the planet is Shameful, you can not call yourself human and be so inhumane, that is something that just makes you feel like why was I born in a Species that is so Cruel!!!

Ingrid Albrecht (14)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 9:32 am
Gandhi stated, "The GREATNESS of a nation and its MORAL PROGRESS can be judged in the way its animals are treated." Where is the MORAL PROGRESS in this brutal slaughter when more money is earned from viewing the seals ALIVE??????? This barbaric practice must STOP!

Justin R (0)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 9:50 am
I know that they have been shoulder to shoulder with Eastern Canada.

Ana Fontan (16)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 2:15 pm
Shame on Namibia for this unacceptable seal slaugther!!!

Kelly M (8)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 4:59 pm

This is my petition for the seals of Namibia. I plan on sending this registered mail to government of Namibia. Petitions may or may not work, but it does tell Namibia the world looks down on them for this barbaric slaughter.

Kelly M (8)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 5:00 pm
If you have Facebook , I try to keep all the updated information here that is going on with the Namibian Seal Slaughter

Kelly M (8)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 5:07 pm

jackie b (2)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 11:34 am
This is so horrific. Can anyone update me on the plan to buy out the whole colony so all the seals are saved. I can't find any information after 2009.

Kelly M (8)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 1:20 pm
as of right now there is no active campaign to buy out the seals of Namibia. The last attempt was in 2009 and it failed because not enough funds were raised..

Kelly M (8)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 1:23 pm
For the person that mentioned PETA Up there .. I personally went to them myself and they said that they wouldn't handle the cull because

A they were as popular as the harp seal .
B . There were other NGO's handling the cull... at the time when I wrote that the email to them ...there was no big NGO's handling the cull .There are quite a few that have jumped in since the,

Kelly M (8)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 1:25 pm

Screen Shot of my letter from PETA .

Alcataz L (0)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 3:57 pm
just horrible and brutal! shame on you Nibibia, let seals live, their fur belong sto them not humans! how can you people sleep at night knowing you killed so many precious animals! you guys discust me and pray you guys stop doing this massive seal killing! how you lack compassion and ignorance! someone once said the greatness of its nation is judge by its moral progress and the way its ANIMALS are treated" so what does this say about your country!

Friday April 15, 2011, 5:04 am
African natural resources are all up for sale to the highest bidder at the moment. SWA politicians will hardly be too concerned over a few seals when at the same time they have been doing their utmost to tacitly cull the Bushmen or San people in their country.

Dianne D (490)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 6:34 pm
I hate humans anymore. They are so evil. We need to fight against this. Violence breeds violence.

Pat Dickens (0)
Wednesday April 27, 2011, 4:20 pm
Hi every one. I (the original author of this article) got involved with Sea Shepherd specifically because of this very issue. I have lived in South Africa for 36 years and had never heard of the slaughter until July 2010. I am grateful that Sea Shepherd have given me the platform to draw attention to this heinous practice and particularly to the hundreds of concerned individuals who have rallied behind me in condemnation of this assault on the Cape Fur seals.
There are a number of issues at stake here, not simply the animal rights issue, but employment for those involved is also a huge concern. We need something that we can take to the Namibian Government whereby we can scrap the cull, employ MORE people and generate increased revenue for the country. No easy task I can assure you. We need to retrain people, we need funding etc etc. I need ideas.
At the moment we have launched a boycott of Namibian tourism and produce. It is hoped that companies such as De Beers and Namibia Breweries will put pressure on their govt. We have local celebrities backing the boycott, we are setting up protest actions for both Cape Town and Pretoria. We have confirmation of protests in Brussels and The Hague. But... its not enough. If you have any suggestions, or would like to contribute or get further information, I have set up a website specifically relating to the Namibian Seal cull. You can find us here It includes suggestions how you can become directly involved, has a list of petitions, news articles, support organizations, actual footage, photos and so on. My personal thanks and thumbs up to who ever posted the article on Care2.Com and to everyone for your genuine support. Regards,Pat Dickens
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