Wednesday, July 8, 2009

It may not to late to save more than 90,000 Namibian seals from cruel clubbing

Francois Hugo says it may not to late to save more than 90,000 Namibian seals from cruel clubbing

Namibian govt officials say the annual seal hunt is on with over 90,000 seals expected to be clubbed to death. African seals have been a UN listed endangered species since 1977, with 23 former island colonies extinct.

In contrast, Francois Hugo of Seal Alert-SA says "This fight is a long way from being over." In a recent Seal Alert-SA press release Hugo explained the front and back door negotiations in play.



The Seal 'business' in Namibia is dead. World economic slump, bans in the US and EU, poor demand for luxury fur fashion goods, no fur buyers, surplus of unsold seal skins, a declining seal population - and a sealing industry that wants to sell-out for $14 million. Something the Namibian govt must now come to terms with, and now look at alternative economic solutions.

Clubbing cruelly these seal pups is senseless and idiotic, as Namibia's last fur buyer, still has 20 000 skins from the 23 000 he bought in 2008, and cannot even sell these, and has placed no orders for 2009.

Whilst Seal Alert-SA bangs on the back-door to end the cull and continues its efforts to publicly raise $14 million US dollars to buyout the industry, it has now asked the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA) and the Humane Society International (HSI) to politely knock on the front-door of the Namibian Govt, and make it an offer nobody can refuse.

Francois Hugo of Seal Alert-SA says that the seal hunt has not begun and that negotiations are still on. According to a Seal Alert press release front and back door negotiations are still in play.

To support the seals, write to Francois Hugo of Seal Alert-SA at sasealion@wam.co.za .
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