In addition the team at Uncaged has put up the website,
www.boycottnamibia.co.za,
please log in and give the seals your support.
We are their voice to end this barbaric slaughter of their young.


Telephone: +27-(0) 21-790 8774

To interview Mr. Francois Hugo




From:
SEAL ALERT-SA



Seal Alert-SA, Press Release, July 14, 2007

Seal Alert-SA's Seal-Man Partnership With Seashepherd Underway
- Saving The Cape Fur Seals -


       Namibian Permanent Secretary of Fisheries Nangula Mbako recently accused Seal Alert-SA "opportunists who have found a platform to harness financial resources for the sustenance of their livelihoods". We were accused of something similar by the South African Fisheries Officials, when they claimed our Seal Rescues were "Seal feeding exercises to raise funding". How wrong they were to single out Seal Alert-SA. Francois Hugo of Seal Alert-SA has never appealed for funding to end the Namibian Baby Seal Slaughter, hell I don't even operate my own website, and since 1999 have yet to draw a salary, what is more I have invested substantially my own personal funds in these seals future. Websites are performed by a dedicated group of deeply concerned individuals from around the world, who have each taken their own time and resources to partner with Seal Alert-SA to save this species of seal.
 
       Seal Alert-SA is a worldwide network of supporters, its a partnership and not a charity.
 
       Few people understand that the costs of running a Seal Rescue Centre and doing up to 1000 seal rescues a year (a third of the world's total seal rescues of all seal species) single-handed is immense. Construction, equipment, repairing, rescue and rehabilitation costs are never ending.
 
       Captain Paul Watson of Seashepherd
www.seashepherd.org whilst abroad his vessel in the icy cold Antarctic fighting the illegal Japanese whalers, understood this, and had his thoughts and deep concerns on the Cape fur seals of southern Africa, when he wrote, "Our goal is to remove some of the time and effort you put into fund-raising and allow you more time for the seals, both to rehabilitate seals and to oppose the slaughter in Namibia". Thanks to Seashepherd in 2007, Seal Alert-SA is doing just that.
 
       Please therefore read the following Media Release from Seashepherd at the end of this update. In addition Seashepherd's crew, and in particular Carla, has been hard at work setting up another really informative website for Seal Alert-SA. Please visit the site and support, 
www.seashepherd.org/seal-alert/ .
 
       Seal Alert-SA has also released its third Movie-Clip, the Seal Alert-SA promo (a short glimpse into one aspect of the work we do). Please view this clip in "small window" as we have kept picture quality low for worldwide web release. This and the series of clips can be viewed at
Youtube www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=73AD049CF4B92A18 ,
there is also a link on Google Video http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7822592018415723399 .

In addition the team at Uncaged has put up the website,
www.boycottnamibia.co.za, please log in and give the seals your support.
We are their voice to end this barbaric slaughter of their young.


SEAL ALERT-SA


 
Our High-Speed Rescue Seal Transport Craft and our Jetski, equipped with Dive Gear, Seal Disentanglement equipment, Rescue & film Equipment and Seal Food
 
Our two internal rehabilitation pools, one for baby seals the other for larger seals weighing up to 300 kg
 
Our beach patrol seal stranding transport buggy


and our jeep for launching and retrieving our watercraft

 
Our off-shore floating rehab structure (seals home away from island). Pups adopt this as their natal birth colony for up to two years
 
Inside our Seal Centre

or on Our Floating Rafts the care is the same
 
Small or Big, each seal gets the best treatment and care on their terms
 
My dear wife Nelda, our unique mini-global egg collection/production through which we fund our own income and that of the needs of seals.


Our 4x4 with onboard video equipment to deal with the hectic fast pace visiting journalists require to get the full picture and its ability to respond to stranded and dying seals far and wide.

Thank You, Captain Paul Watson of Seashepherd Conservation Society and to all its members, staff and supporters.

For the Seals
Francois Hugo Seal Alert-SA
www.seashepherd.org/seal-alert
 


 
Sea Shepherd Conservation SocietyInternational Headquarters    
 To Interview Captain Paul Watson
   Contact:  Kristine Vasic, Media Relations Director
   Telephone:  +1-360-370-5650

To interview Mr. Francois Hugo
Telephone: +27-(0) 21-790 8774
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 9, 2007



For photos, video, and additional information, please visit http://media.seashepherd.org

SEA SHEPHERD JOINS FORCES WITH THE SEAL WHISPERER
South African Group Seal Alert’s Work Saves Thousands of Seals

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is joining forces with Francois Hugo and his seal-saving organization, Seal Alert-SA. Sea Shepherd has already begun to finance the operations of Seal Alert in South Africa for their work protecting the beleaguered Cape fur seals.  Seal Alert is the only organization in southern Africa that not only advocates for seals, but campaigns, protests, introduces protection legislation, and also, rescues seals every day.
 Denied access to most large islands by the government, these seals (also called South African fur seals) have been forced to breed and pup on smaller islands that, in most cases, consist of small low lying rocks which frequently become completely or partially awash. This causes almost a 100% mortality rate each year via the washing away and drowning of newborn pups. Seal Alert rescues hundreds of these abandoned seal pups each year. Another factor devastating the seal populations is the sealers in Namibia who are slaughtering every pup still alive at the beginning of sealing season on the mainland. Additionally, the commercial fishing industry shoots seals and entangles/drowns thousands, while also causing the starvation of half the population annually due to overfishing. 
 Born and raised in Cape Town (the Cape of Storms), Hugo spent his early years as a full-time crayfish fisherman, salvage diver, and Navy diver, spending more time underwater than on land. He then journeyed into the world of corporate intelligence, and conducted undercover operations in many African countries involving crime syndicates, mafia, drug smuggling, child trafficking, and illegal diamond dealing. The entanglement and dying of one baby seal drew his attention, and since that day, he and his wife, Nelda, have dedicated their lives to the saving of the seal species. Now 44, Hugo heads Seal Alert, and using his acquired investigational skills, he is untangling the web of deceit that surrounds this species, while living his motto, “My day starts with the objective of saving the life of a seal – everyday.”
 Seal Alert has set up a rehabilitation center in Hout Bay, not far from Cape Town, where Hugo has and continues to rehabilitate scores of rescued seal pups and successfully returns them to the sea.
 Outspoken, controversial, stubborn, and passionate are words that come to mind when Francois Hugo’s name is mentioned in Southern Africa. He has been called the “Seal Whisperer” because of his intuitive interaction and unique connection with the seals. As Hugo says, “My work is a labor of love born out of a deep genuine desire to protect and conserve these magnificent animals.”
 For that reason, Sea Shepherd has decided to create a partnership with Francois Hugo and Seal Alert. Conservation of marine wildlife is at the core of Sea Shepherd’s mission. Sea Shepherd has supported Seal Alert for over 7 years, providing an inflatable rescue boat and other material contributions as well as publicizing and promoting their work on the Sea Shepherd website. Sea Shepherd looks forward to saving the lives of many seals with Hugo and Seal Alert.
For more information:
www.seashepherd.org/seal-alert
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About Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an International non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protects ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations. Founder and President Captain Paul Watson, also co-founder of Greenpeace Foundation, is a renowned, respected leader in environmental issues.