- Posted September 16, 2012 by
Prince Edward Island
Namibia's Dirty Secret
Between July and November, beaches in Namibia turn red as thousands of Cape fur seals are slaughtered. Unlike Canada the filming of this brutal slaughter is against the law. Secret footage was captured in 2009 by two foreign journalist and revealed the killing of nursing seal pups. Video can be found here but warning this is graphic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL3SchbHFkI
The Namibia government continues to allow this senseless killing and states the Cape fur seals are a threat to the fisheries and creates jobs. Right now sealers corral these seals in a small area on a beach and massacre them in front of each other, pups in front of their mothers. After the killing the beach is hosed down to clean the blood off the beach. Later the tourists are brought in to view the seal colony. This is one of sickest act of animal cruelty on the planet.
Protection for the seals was sought under the Animal Protection Act. Ombudsman Waters declared that the Act does not apply because the seals do not fall under the definition of 'animal' in the Animal Protection Act.
According to this Namibian law, animals are defined in the APA as “domestic animals and wild animals in captivity or under the control of any person.” The ombudsman concluded that, even though the seal pups are corralled into a section of the beach by the sealers, "it cannot be said that seals are under the control of the clubbers during harvesting." His only suggestion was to build a structure to pen the seal pups until they calm down and then club them to death.
Namibian license holders started slaughtering Cape Fur seals and will not stop until they reach their quota of 85,000 baby seal pups and 6,000 bulls. This is the largest slaughter of marine life on the planet, surpassing even the Canadian seal hunt.