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SEALS OF NAMIBIA: A club to avoid

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Emy Will

Emy Will

Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa. Although I have a doctorate in psychotherapy, my main passion is advocating for nonhuman animal rights. I condemn all cruelty to nonhuman animals and therefore follow a vegan lifestyle. I would like to connect with other animal activists from all over the world. The fur trade is one of the most abhorrent practices on this planet. Innocent animals are subjected to prolonged suffering for a trivial fashion item. As the chairperson of Fur Free SA. we campaign towards ending the global fur industry. This might not happen in my lifetime, but even if I leave one footprint behind, that is one step closer to the goal. This blog is a forum to discuss all aspects of the fur industry. It also raises issues around animal activism in general. Johannesburg is a crazy city and I need to escape from time to time. This photo was taken next to the magnificent Zambezi river.

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  Me, demonstrating against the clubbing of seals in NamibiaCape fur sealsNamibia, 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         sand dune

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Newborn Cape seal pup                                             seals of Namibiaclubbing sealsFootage of this “cull” has been released by conservation group Earthrace Conservation (2013).

This can be found at the following link: 

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1991629/seal_clubbing_in_namibia_shocking_footage_just_released.html/

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

another seal

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18 Comments

  1. Nancy says:

    thank you so much for bringing this to my attention, I had no idea this was going on I guess I’ve been living under a rock, but then there is so much going on everywhere it’s overwhelming. I went to sign petitions but I see you have to go on Facebook and I’m not on Facebook and I refused to go on Facebook until Facebook get their act together and stop showing the cruelly they with these freaks !!Emy, if you ever get any petitions and put them on your blog I’ll gladly sign every last one !!!

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  2. ravenskeeper says:

    Reblogged this on Ravens-Tree.com.

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    • Emy Will says:

      Hi ravenskeeper. Thank you for the reblog. The Namibian government must be named and shamed. What I didn’t put on my post is that after the killing of seals, the mess is quickly cleaned up so tourists are unaware of the massacre that has occurred.

      I so agree with all the sentiments expressed on your blog and look forward to following it.

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  3. […] SEALS OF NAMIBIA: A club to avoid (emynow.wordpress.com) […]

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  4. Adam Hughes says:

    Reblogged this on Freedom for Cetaceans.

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  5. cinnabar50 says:

    Reblogged this on Rantings From a Virtual Soapbox and commented:
    This is so shocking, how can people be so cruel to harmless creatures .I have to ask myself what kind of a person commits such an atrocity. Rather like the Canadian seal hunt/ massacre this must be stopped. Sadly there seems to be less publicity about the Namibian seal slaughter which is just as horrific. The protection of fish stock is an excuse and besides as a vegan I consider that it is time we stopped eating fish, before the oceans are decimated. The abuse and exploitation of most every animal on the planet sickens me, most of it occurs as a result of greed. Sad that these harmless and defenceless creatures should die so that some fickle minded person can wear their fur. Shame on the Namibian government for allowing this barbarity. Time to ban the fur trade and consign it to history where it belongs.

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  6. […] 3) The petition below requests CITES to protect the Cape Fur Seals in Namibia. For information on the Namibian seal hunt please see my previous post:    https://emynow.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/seals-of-namibia-a-club-to-avoid/  […]

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