Target: Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of Namibia
Goal: End the mass killing of Cape fur seals
Of all the seal clubbing massacres around the world, the Namibian cull is considered to be the most brutal. Starting on July 1, over 80,000 seal pups and thousands of bulls are beaten to death for their skins. Petition the Namibian government to end this mass murder of innocent animals.
The Namibian government cites reasons such as important state revenue, employment opportunities, and population control as the bases for this massacre. However, the money from the sale of pelts goes to a Turkish businessman, there are only 81 people employed for four months of the year, and the seals that are being killed are cubs that cannot reproduce. None of these explanations come close to the true reason why tens of thousands of nursing pups are killed each year: profit.
We must petition to stop this mass killing. These baby seals are being violently beaten in front of their mothers, and are often so scared that they vomit before suffering a slow, agonizing death. By signing this petition, you can put more pressure on the Namibian government to stop this slaughter.
Dear President Pohamba,
I write in conjunction with groups around the world who want to see the mass slaughter of seals in Namibia end. It is in your power to end the suffering of tens of thousands of young animals who suffer every year as part of this massacre.
The reasons you cite for the legitimacy of the seal clubbing are completely false: seals have declined dramatically in number and are not responsible for fish population decline, this is due to overfishing and climate change; the money does not benefit your country, but instead goes to a Turkish businessman who is gorging on the money made from seal pelts; and finally, with only 81 people required to club these seals for four months out of the year, how can you claim that this brings significant employment to Namibia?
The movement against your country is growing. Now is the time to do the right thing and end this slaughter. People will not stop until the clubbing of seals in Namibia is ended. Instead of killing these animals, let people watch them in their natural habitat: responsible tourism will bring far more income to your country without harming a single seal.
Mr. Pohamba, use your power for good, and create a home for seals in Namibia: protect your wildlife, and you and the animals both will benefit. When these seals are gone, there is no bringing them back.
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Photo credit: Hans Hillewaert via Wikimedia