Me, demonstrating against the clubbing of seals in NamibiaNamibia, a country on the West coast of Africa and bordering on South Africa, has the most incredible natural beauty. It has vast desert expanses and a rugged coastline named the Skeleton Coast, which is known for its deep red sand dunes.
However, there is a brutal side to Namibia, where these sand dunes become redder from the blood of massacred seals. Around 80,000-90,000 Cape Fur seals are bludgeoned to death every year.This slaughter takes place from July to October i.e. it is taking place NOW!
According to the Namibian government, theses marine mammals are killed to protect fish stocks. It claims that these seals consume 700,000 metric tons of fish annually. Studies have shown that the seal population on that coastline has no significant economic impact on the fishery industry!
Campaigners against this “cull” argue that the seals are killed in order to sell their fat and fur. It is the seal pups who are beaten to death with spiked clubs for their soft fur. They are only a few months old when this happens. The male seals are killed for their genitals, which are sold in Asia as an aphrodisiac. Footage of this “cull” has been released by conservation group Earthrace Conservation (2013).
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There is a South African organisation, The Seals of Nam, that actively campaigns against the seal culling. Please support this incredible organisation. All its campaigns and petitions can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/TheSealsOfNam