The "Mighty" Seal Supporters - You are just Great !
Date: October 27, 2006 8:42:17
Dear Cape fur seal supporters,
it appears we number only a few hundred, we are ALL indeed
the 'mighty' few.
This week closed on a high tone, and a low one, which I
thought I would share.
Mumkin centre, and four of the 8 weanlings rescued these
past two weeks.
I was called to
rescue a seal caught in a trawl net and which had been left
to starve to death in the blazing sun for over a week and a
half, by the skipper. Whilst this was going on, a 10day
into rehab weanling rescued was dipping, and was close to
Sadly he died.
Nikki in Cape
Town sprang into action and blasted the CEO of this, the
largest fishing company in South Africa.
Immediately there was a high-level enquiry, fleet managers
arrived and statements taken.
The end result
was this -
Just had a call from Des .... Des.... someone or the other
from Oceana to tell me what the conclusion was on the case.
Apparently, he was given a final warning, and any breach
(in regards to the seals) will result in an immediate
termination of his contract. He must also take action
against his crew as it was determined the crew knew about
Oceana is calling a meeting on discussing training in
dealing with seals, with the skippers and tight control
will be kept on policies and procedures.
He also mentioned that you ("Oh? Is Francois the guy who
was on 50/50? The blonde man who they call the Sealman?")
will be called should a seal need your help and that they
will make use of your services, and that all skippers and
crew must call you when they have a problem with seals.
These companies deploy over
65 000 trawl nets, where between 1-25 seals get trapped and
drowned annual. So this is indeed, a very positive
development. Skippers which earn over 200 000, are now
terrified, if they get caught again will lose their jobs.
Well done Nikki.
Over the past two weeks, I
have responded to a sudden flood of weanlings, like Mumkin,
bone thin coming ashore, exactly the same that is happening
in Namibia. I suspect that these a baby seals, separated
from the mothers and have fled 1000 km to South Africa.
After 10 days I lost one, after two weeks I have saved 6
more and are doing well. Another weanling already
convulting on the beach was hurriedly brought to me,only to
die in my arms within two minutes. Two dead, 6 alive, with
one still under intensive care abroad our Spirit of Seal
Supporters pup rescue boat.
Then a sub-adult arrived savaged
by a great white, biting his hind flippers smashing at
least four bones and his front flipper. Shocked, weak and
in great pain, he has responded well.
Shark attacked seal
Last Sunday, Paul reported
Parliament had just banned ALL Seal products, who
will preside over the European Union in early 2007. I
needed confirmation that Cape fur seals would be included.
Immediately seal supporters swung into action, Marcela and
Elizabeth forwarded me press releases, from these we traced
that Barbel Hohn from the German Green Party was behind the
ban (how I love our worldwide network and the internet).
Nikki and Herbert of Seashepherd then made contact direct,
and today we have confirmation Cape fur seals are included
(see attached), as well as ALL seals. With Germany to head
the EU in 2007, could we all send a thank you to Jens
Kendzia and Baerbel Hohn at the address
below - I would really appreciate it ( Nikki
was once again fantastic)
From: "Jens Kendzia" email@example.com
Sent: Friday, October 27, 2006 3:20 P
German seal ban - parliamentary motion.pdf
Dear Nikki Botha,
attached to this mail you will find the motion that the
German House of Representatives ("Bundestag") adopted on
October the 19th. Under subsection "II." it says:
"The German Bundestag demands of the Federal Government -
to press for a ban of the importation of and trade with
products *of all kinds of seals *(in German "aller
Robbenarten") throughout the European Union - as long as
such a European ban is not achieved, to effectively
interdict the importation of, fabrication of and trade with
seal products in Germany."
With support like this from
you ALL, I know we will shut down the Namibian Seal
Slaughter before it starts again in July 2007. So dear Seal
Supporters, you ALL have made me one proud to know you,
Sadly when we started this year with saving the babies, we
lost 7, Mumkin being the sole survivor. With these latest
babies, although we did not raise them from birth, we have
still, saved what we started from this years baby seals,
plus another 400 seals. For everything each one of you have
done, you have my deepest and sincerest thanks.
Donna of Namibian,
produced another fine article in Namibian newspaper,
as well as Lorna getting a great letter published.
And then today,
I opened my mail, and there was a letter from Earle.
Charles a young lad from Dubai, who sponsored the saving of
a seal on his 13th Birthday, has sent 110 Canadian dollars,
with a note, "Here is 15% of my 2006 money total. I believe
that one day the battle will be won !"
Indeed Charles, with
you on the seals side, we cant lose.
Thank you all.
For the Seals
Francois Hugo Seal Alert-SA