Target: Namibian Government
Goal: Stop the inhumane seal harvest in Namibia.
Thousands of cape fur seals are brutally murdered every year during the seal harvesting season in Namibia. Men patrol the beaches with the goals of shooting 6,000 bull seals and clubbing 80,000 pups to death within the 139 day-season of this horrific practice.
The seal massacre generously benefits the Namibian markets. The genitals from the bulls are harvested and sold as aphrodisiacs to eastern markets. The pups’ pelts are used to manufacture clothing despite protests against companies using real fur. Pups are usually captured from cows, female seals, and released within the paths of numerous clubbers, who then beat them to death. Namibia is the second largest seal hunting nation after Canada.
Defenders of this event state that seals harm the Namibian fishing industries, since seals are the top predators of fish within the area. However, research reveals that the effect of seals on the fishing industries is only miniscule. The government also states that seal hunting is necessary to keep the seal population balanced, citing overpopulation as a major issue in the area.
Seal culling occurs in two main regions, Cape Cross and Atlas Bay. Cape Cross is a huge tourist attraction, using seals to lure visitors in. The Cape Cross Seal Resort claims to protect the lives of the seals. However, the resort is closed during hunting season and reporters are not allowed on the premises. In 2009, journalists, who managed to capture the disgusting practice of seal clubbing on camera, were beaten by the hunters.
Despite protests, the seal hunting season has started and thousands of seals are being murdered every minute. We must put a stop to this inhumane practice.
Dear Namibian Government,
The seal hunting season, from July to November, has started in your nation despite protests. The hunters’ killing methods are horrific and inhumane. I urge you to put an end to the annual seal clubbing in Cape Cross and Atlas Bay. It has come to my attention that a projected number of 6,000 bulls and 80,000 pups will be murdered in the 139 day season. Your government has claimed that these cape fur seals are detrimental to the fishing industries and that seal overpopulation is a huge problem. Neither of these claims has been proven.
The market for seals is still huge in your nation. The bulls’ genitals are sold as aphrodisiacs to eastern markets and the pups’ pelts are sold to clothing companies. The market value of these seals cannot justify the horrid actions performed by the hunters. The act of beating pups to death is beyond abominable. It should be no surprise that your nation is the second largest seal market.
Seal clubbing seasons need to stop. I urge you to take a stand and protect the animals that generate so much of your nation’s tourism revenue. No animal deserves such a horrific death.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: The Ecologist