Target: Business owner Hatem Yavuz
Goal: Stop supporting annual seal slaughter in Namibia
Every year, from July to November, the Namibian Government of South Africa allows hunters to slaughter 85,000 seals, approximately 80-90,000 seal pups and 6,000 bulls. Generally, the way the hunting is done is by hunters rounding up and separating very young seal pups from their mothers and bludgeoning them to death with spiked wooden clubs.
It’s truly horrific, yet Namibian authorities claim that the yearly mass slaughter is necessary because the seals would otherwise threaten their fish stocks if they were left alive to feed on fish. However, the very fact that the overwhelming majority of seals hunted are pups instead of bulls, and the fact that that number has exceeded the 85,000 limit before suggests another motive.
It is monetary incentive, not a concern for fish stocks, that drives this bloodbath forward. Seal pups are targeted for their furs. Although other countries have stopped buying Namibian seal furs due to lack of demand and import bans, one Australia and Turkey-based company has not.
Hatem Yavuz is the sole customer for Namibian seal pelts, and has a contract with the Namibian government to buy these pelts at $7 apiece, to convert into $30,000 fur coats to sell in his Hatem Yavuz stores. It is his business that fuels the world’s second largest seal hunt in the world. In fact, he owns 60% of the world’s seal fur market.
Sign this petition to urge Hatem Yavuz to cease his business with Namibia, thus collapsing Namibia’s seal fur market.
Dear Hatem Yavuz,
I am sickened by the bloodbath that takes place in Namibia, Africa year after year. At least 85,000 seals and seal pups are bludgeoned to death each year in Namibia, and your contract with the country’s seal fur market puts that blood on your hands.
The brutal execution of thousands upon thousands of infant seals for luxury coats, for vanity, goes against what our civilized society is supposed to represent. It goes against what the evolved human mind is supposed to believe in. It is truly horrid, barbaric, and completely unnecessary.
Because you are the sole customer for Namibian seal furs, you are the only person the Namibia seal fur market exists for. It is your business that perpetuates the world’s second largest seal hunts, year after year.
Therefore, I implore that you cease your involvement with Namibia and thus end the massacre once and for all. It is unprincipled and vile to allow this sort of brutality to continue, especially for something as expendable as a fur coat.
[Your Name Here]
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