Baby Seals flee Namibian Sealers to South Africa and Angola
Press Release
Seal Alert-SA, 31 October 2006.
 


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Thousands of Namibian nursing fleeing baby seal pups makes landfall in South Africa - whilst he slowly starves to death alone
 

         Like Donna Collins (reporter in Namibia) recent remarks and enclosed pic, all the print media in Namibia have carried similar stories, the Windhoek Observer, The Namibian, New Era, The Economist and the Informante. All seek answers as to why the Namibian seals were in July considered officially healthy, thriving and over-populated and in need of culling, that allowed Namibia to issue the highest cull (genocidal) quota of 85 000 nursing baby seals in birthing breeding grounds. A practice banned throughout the world since 1983. When just three months later, sealers are burying 900 pups a day and pup growth normally at 30 grams/day had been recorded in 2006, as 2 grams/day. Slowly reports started coming in of seals stranding and dying of starvation. Soon even the Namibian Ministry acknowledged that pups born will not survive weaning age (October/November). Sealers themselves admitted that sealing has ended one month earlier, "as there are just not any more pups" to (club and kill)
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       So why is Namibia sealing?
 
       Here is what two reporters in Namibia are saying, Donna Collins, "The seal cull together with the untimely mass death of starving seals, must be ranked as one of the country's largest wildlife tragedies. And the sight of Namibia's Cape Fur seals starving to death each day is beyond words. I have witnessed the despair and helplessness of these creatures, who crawl ashore or onto rocks where they collapse and die - too weak, too emaciated and too ill to continue the fight for survival. Every day I go to a place where granite boulders form a small harbour at Swakopmund's popular Mole beach, only to see the dead bodies from the day before. Some have fallen between the cracks, other's are still lying on the rocks - dead, or scattered onto the beach below. Some are huddled together where they died in
comfort of each others bodies, but many are alone. They are all painfully thin, desperately sick and clearly victims of the most inhumane suffering that has been bestowed upon them. In my opinion the Namibian authorities, scientists and fisheries boffins have treated the seals worse than vermin - stripped them of their dignity and right to life. But still, the suffering continues, and the world stands by and watches while this marine mammal is not so slowly being reduced to rotting corpses along our coastline".

      The respected Namibian Economist Editor's theory, www.economist.com.na20Oct
 
      Theories of El Nino, Seal Migration north and Over-fishing, all have some truth, but the bottom-line, hidden in a veil of scientific babble, is that sadistic Namibian sealers are clubbed their way to this species extinction.
 
      Consider the facts : Although this mass starvation of seals is now in the media, it is not the first such event. We know it occurred in 1988, a big one in 1994, 1995 and 1996. 2000 was bigger, and 2001 and now again in 2006. 7-times in the last 18 years, Namibia has hidden the reason why it allows one third to one half of its indigenous protected seals found nowhere else on earth to pitifully starve to death from hunger - each time, during and after sealing season has ended.
 
      Namibian Fisheries Minister knew pups were growing at only 2 grams/day and would not survive. Under the constitution sealing should only be applied to 30% of the population, if the claim is sustainable. Yet, these mass death's since 1988, has reduced the seal population in 2006, down to 1982 levels. Concerned that seals would once again litter the beaches with their dead carcases, Namibia issued a 100% genocidal cull. Its purpose to conceal the fact that the seal population is not thriving.
 
     Is the reason lack of fish or are these just victims dying that have escaped the club welding sealers?
 
     So why are so many seals suddenly dying now ? 75% of the Namibian seal population occurs on two unnatural mainland seal colonies. From July to November, everyday, for the next 150 days, groups of sealers will charge into 300 000 wild seals in their attempts to smash the heads of 600 nursing baby seals each day. The result the entire colony of seals flee, causing widespread massive disturbance. Nursing pups still suckling on mother's milk and who pose no threat to fisheries, are separated from their mothers, and flee, north and south. Within three months the seal colonies have become completely deserted, seals have fled this crime against nature, this genocide.
 
    Thousands of these pups, still unweaned, flee and drift south. Many die at sea and sink to the bottom. Forgotten victims. A few survivors reach South African shores, where an even more un-informed public, harasses and disturbs these frightened marine creatures. Stress from these constant disturbances and inability to properly self survive, causes these pups to convult violently and die from starvation. A criminal offence anywhere in the world, but not when it comes to Cape fur seals.
 
    Whilst the seals slowly starve to death from separation. Scientist sickenly claim, "well they are going to die anyway, why not club the weak to death". If this were true - why then do sealers bury 900 pups a day and still club their quota?
 
    Namibian sealers have turned Namibia into an ugly blood soaked, rotten corpse of dead and dying seals - ultimately the civilised world will judge harshly, just like Namibians do their seals.
 
    Sadly for the seal pups there is no solution. Islands off South Africa are banned to them. Existing awash rock seal colonies are overcrowded, the result, these pups are forced to strand, be harassed, as they slowly starve to death in their thousands on our public beaches.
 
For the Seals
Francois Hugo Seal Alert-SA
021-790 8774