Kinship Circle: Namibia’s Shame – Massacre Of Nursing Seal Pups & Bulls

July 11th, 2007 7:26 pm by Kelly Garbato

Actual Namibian seals. Possibly slaughtered, skinned, and made into new fur coats by the time you read this.

Photos via Andries3, DragonWoman, SqueakyMarmot, and feelinghungry.

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Subject: Namibia’s Shame – Massacre Of Nursing Seal Pups & Bulls

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7/11/07: Namibia’s Shame – Massacre Of Nursing Seal Pups & Bulls
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
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Namibia’s seal cull — the second largest in the world (Canadian seal killis biggest) — began July 1, 2007 and is expected to end November 15, 2007.

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

Francois Hugo SealAlert-SA
sasealion [at] wam.co.za

Welcome to Seal Alert S.A.
http://www.sealalert.org/

Namibian Seal Slaughter
http://www.uncaged.co.za/

ActionAgainstPoisoning.com
animals [at] gmx.net

Namibian Sealing Industry Fails Constitutions of South Africa and Namibia
http://www.actionagainstpoisoning.com/page154/page281/sealOPENLETTER.html

VIDEO: Namibian Seal Cull 2007
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-788980104306920892

PETITION: The world’s second largest seal cull [began] on 1 July 2007
http://www.uncaged.co.za/

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United States / Embassy of the Republic of Namibia
1605 New Hampshire Avenue, NW * Washington DC 20009
ph: 202-986-0540; fax: 202-986-0443
His Excellency Leonard Nangolo Iipumbu; Mrs. Hilma Ndapewa Iipumbu
Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary
SOURCE: http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/dpl/2001/1105.htm

United Kingdom / Namibian Embassy
6 Chandos Street * London W1M 0LQ
ph: 020 7636 6244; fax: 020 7637 5694
web email form: http://www.embassy.uk.com/contact.htm
SOURCE: http://namibia.embassyhomepage.com/

For Embassies Of Namibia To Other Nations, TRY:
http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/namibia3.html
http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/namibia1.html
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Permanent Mission of the Republic of Namibia to the United Nations
360 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1502 * New York, NY 10017
ph: 212-685 2003; 212-685 1561
email: Namibia [at] un.int
SOURCE: http://www.un.int/namibia/

Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources
Private Bag 13355 * Windhoek, NAMIBIA
ph: (061) 2053911
Hon. Minister Dr. Abraham Iyambo: aiyambo [at] mfmr.gov.na
Hon. Deputy Minister Kilus Nguvauva: knguvauva [at] mfmr.gov.na
Permanent Secretary Nangula Mbako: nmbako [at] mfmr.gov.na, secretary [at] namibia.org.za
+ 264 61 233 286 or + 264 61 224 566
SOURCE: http://www.grnnet.gov.na/grncontacts.html

Office of the President
His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba
President of the Republic of Namibia
Private Bag 13339 * State House, Windhoek, NAMIBIA
ph: (061) 270 7111; fax: (061) 245989
email (gov. site says: address starts with first letter of first name and
whole last name of user followed [at] op.gov.na): hpohamba [at] op.gov.na
SOURCE: http://www.grnnet.gov.na/grncontacts.html

Office of the Prime Minister
Hon. Prime Minister Nahas Angula
Private Bag 13338 * Windhoek, NAMIBIA
ph: (061) 287 9111; fax: (061) 230648
email (gov. site says: address starts with first letter of first name and
whole last name of user followed [at] op.gov.na): nangula [at] opm.gov.na

Namibia Ministry Of Environment & Tourism
Private Bag 13346 * Windhoek, NAMIBIA
Hon. Minister Willem Konjore: wkonjore [at] met.gov.na
Dr. M. Lindeque, Permanent Secretary: mlindeque [at] met.gov.na
ph: +264 (0)61 284-2287
Mr. A. Mieze, Director of Tourism: amieze [at] met.gov.na
ph: +264 (0)61 284 2178
Parks & Wildlife Management: b.beytell [at] mweb.com.na, u.boois [at] met.gov.na, namugongo [at] africaonline.com.na
Additional dept. emails: wamagulu [at] met.gov.na, nghitila [at] dea.met.gov.na, rtjingaete [at] met.gov.na
SOURCE: http://www.met.gov.na/contactus.htm * http://www.grnnet.gov.na/grncontacts.html

Namibia Tourism Board
Windhoek, Ground Floor, Sanlam Centre
Cnr. Of Fidel Castro & Werner List St
Private Bag 13244 * Windhoek, Namibia
ph: +264 61 290 6000; fax: +264 61 254 848
email: info [at] namibiatourism.com.na
web email form: http://www.namibiatourism.com.na/contact.php
SOURCE: http://www.namibiatourism.com.na/

Namibia Tourism Board
Cape Town, Ground Floor, The Pinnacle
Burg Street; Cape Town, 8001
PO Box 739; Cape Town, 8000
South Africa
ph: +27 21 4223298; fax: +27 21 4225132
email: namibia [at] saol.com

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Honorable Officials Of Namibia:

I implore the Namibian government to stop its annual slaughter of nursing pups and bull seals. A global majority firmly oppose Namibia’s massacre of seals, some so young their mother’s milk gushes from knife wounds. Dying pups collapse in white puddles as seal cows grieve nearby.

These images disgrace the Republic of Namibia. As a potential tourist, I cannot consider Namibia as a destination until the culls are terminated. I will advise family, friends and colleagues to do the same.

The seal population has already endured massive depletion due to starvation. Though the present cull is scheduled to last until November 15, 2007, sealers rarely meet quotas because there are not enough seals left to kill.

Namibia’s seal slaughter is the second largest in the world. Just before the 2006 cull, the Ministry of Fisheries described the seal population as still rebounding from a massive die-out, with numbers at 27% below healthy pre-1993 levels. Even as the 2006 cull progressed, as many as 900 seals were buried each day. A Ministry assessment revealed starvation as the cause of death and determined most pups could not survive past post-weaning age.

Yet Namibian authorities continue to up kill quotas. A “cull” supposedly functions as a means of population management. But Namibia is “managing” a population that has dwindled 50% over the last decade. This is environmentally reckless and grossly inhumane. The concept of “sustainable use” of the Cape Fur Seal is illogical.

Namibia stands to lose more in tourism revenue than it could ever gain from slashing and bludgeoning seals. Please heed worldwide opinion and end this ruthless slaughter now.

Sincerely,

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