Seal alert SA
SEAL ALERT-SA 21st July 2006
Send Photo-Journalists in to Save the Seals
Latest Namibian Seal Death toll - 13 230 . Sealers
have another 71 770 nursing baby seals to go to
reach this year's 85 000 seal pup genocide quota.
Namibia : Here is why !
• This just in from a reporter in Namibia - "Hi Francois,
Just spoke to the manager of the Cape Cross Lodge - Leon,
to get some low down. He claims you can see and hear
nothing of the cull (slaughter) fromwhere they are
positioned. By 10h00 when the gates are open everything is
squeeky clean, and tourists go in as normal. He claimed
that there are masses of seals, and you wouldn't notice if
some have been killed at this stage, because of the huge
numbers. He has not noticed any trucks, lorries or other
vehicles driving off with the carcasses, and assumeably all
this is done 'cloak and dagger' very early in the morning
to set the scene for the tourists.I mentioned that I am on
my way up there next week to take photos. I made no bones
about it. He said that there is strict security and
police patrollingthe area with guns and weapons, and that I
might be taking a chance.He also said I would have to climb
over the fence early to get in if I wanted to get pictures,
but could get arrested for trespassing. How did you guys
manage your pics without getting butchered by an irate
patrol guard. Also the world needs fresh footage, so I must
go up there".
• "International Fund for Animal Welfare - Got your details
from Christine at Ifaw. I want to do a story on the seal
cull and hope you can help. Need such info on where the
culls happen, how they happen, who actually does it, what
happens to the carcasses".
• "Do you perhaps have a nice, clear picture of the Cape
fur seal for us. These pictures have a very limited
• "I saw the guys - scientists and spoke to Prof. Denzil
Miller (Executive Secretary) Commission for the
Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living
Resources. I asked him about the seals. He refused to
comment. "I will not comment and cannot comment on the
seals." Yet they are sitting discussing the scientific
facts about the marine environment and the living species
that are affected by fishing....and are not daring to
discusss the seals because Namibia is hosting this
international conference for the first time. They are at
the Pelican Bay Hotel in Walvis Bay (064) 214000 should
wish to find out more".
"Dear Francois, I am getting telephone calls!! I
just had a call from SABC News in Cape Town!! He
wanted to know exactly where in Namibia the culling is
taking place and wanted to know how far from Port
• "A spokesperson asked the Commissioner why Namibia
continues to slaughter Cape Fur Seals and asked for an
immediate stop to this slaughter. The Commissioner,
although polite, responded with: "No comment" to all
requests for a response".
• "Albert Mbanga, liaison officer for Namibia's Ministry of
Fisheries. Asked what the seal carcasses were used for, he
said this was left to the companies given the permits, "But
seals are used for quite a lot of things", he added".
No Comment or Cannot Comment - Not good enough !
For the Seals
Francois Hugo Seal Alert-SA