Saturday, 6 July 2013

Namibia seal cull video highlights brutality of clubbing pups

Earthrace Conservation calls for an immediate halt before 80,000 more seal pups are killed
July 2013. Earthrace Conservation has released graphic footage captured by covert filming of the annual seal cull on one of Namibia's highest security beaches, Atlas Bay, a lucrative diamond mining area.

The footage shows dozens of seal pups being driven across the beach to be clubbed to death by a team wielding what appear to be pick axe handles before their carcasses are loaded into a pick-up truck for disposal.

80-90,000 seal pups culled every year
In July each year, a total allowable catch (TAC) of between 80-90,000 seal pups, is declared by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) in Namibia in a clubbing season that last until November. In addition, between 5,000 to 6,000 bulls are allowed to be shot.

South Africa abandoned clubbing seals
Cape Fur Seals are only found in two places on earth - Namibia and South Africa - and are listed on Appendix 11 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The MFMR maintains that the cull is necessary to protect their fisheries and that it provides employment and income for Namibia.

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