Jun 02

Namibia – Lies, Ecocide, Sex Tonics and Fraud

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Namibia, the big fraud.

Namibia, with its population of roughly 2 million, is a country in Africa that prides itself as having an impressive track record when it comes to conservation. A vast portion of her income is derived from tourism while accolades and awards are touted in order to lure foreigners to holiday there. Glossy magazines promote the country as a “safe destination” and her politicians talk of “opposing corruption” and being part of the “global village” when discussing the emerging economy.

In this post we tear open the curtain of deceit and will expose the country as being morally bankrupt; guilty of corruption, ecocide and the violation of international trade agreements; unsafe for tourists and one which employs propaganda, smoke screens and mirrors to create false impressions.

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Fact: Namibia has won numerous international conservation awards.

We do not dispute this. However, we question the basis on which these awards were allocated and we refute claims that Namibia has an impressive conservation track record; especially when considering the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Let us begin with marine conservation and the annual seal massacre.

Cape Fur seals are a protected species. They are listed on Appendix II of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) They have lost more than 90% of preferred habitat and have suffered several major mass die offs in 16 years, the last of which wiped out 1/3rd of total population. This has been confirmed by Namibia’s own seal biologist Dr JP Roux. Global warming and pollution are major threats to these animals.

Namibia seals dying

2004 saw the death of over 350 000 Cape Fur seals. The largest mass die off of any marine mammal in recorded history.

In spite of this, without any scientific evidence to rely on, the government of Namibia slaughters 86 000 of these animals each year under the false pretext of a “cull” necessary to protect fish stocks. In truth, the slaughter is having the exact opposite of the intended effect and instead of reducing numbers, the seals breed faster and the result places massive strain on the fragile Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem. Let us explain.

The seal hunt quota is made up as follows. 80 000 pups are beaten to death for their fur pelts. 6 000 adult bull seals are shot at point blank range for their genitals. Because the genitals of the male pups can also be sold, they are targeted more so than the females. At the end of the seal hunt season there arises an unnatural situation where there are proportionately many more females than males in the colony. One bull can impregnate up to 40 females. So the population grows faster. This has been proven and is evidenced by using statistics provided by the governments of South Africa and Namibia.

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Seal penises hung out to dry in Namibia

To escape the daily disturbances of a slaughter and because the ecosystem can only provide for a certain number of animals, the seals are forced to migrate and find new feeding grounds. They have moved so far north that they are now found well beyond their traditional range. As a cold water species originally from the Cape of Storms (hence the name Cape Fur seal) these animals can now be found in the subtropical waters off Angola. Their diet now includes fish species that they were never designed to eat. If Namibia was indeed practicing conservation and population management, they would be culling the breeding females in the same way that elephant populations are controlled. Instead, the entire ecosystem, critical to our survival, has been thrown out of balance because of blatant mismanagement.

Namibia also fuels the illegal trade in animal body parts for fake medicines. Seal penis and genitals are marketed as sex tonics that give men increased stamina and potency. There is not one shred of evidence to support this lie and by promoting seal penis as an aphrodisiac, Namibia is as guilty of fraud as those who claim medicinal benefits from rhino horn. Namibia continues to spread misinformation regarding seal penis and has subsequently created demand to the extent that one dried seal penis can retail for R10 000.

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Namibia fuels illegal trade in animal parts as medicines through the promotion of seal penis as an aphrodisiac

A Chinese shop in South Africa is currently under investigation for selling sex tonics derived from dried Cape Fur seal penis. The owner of the store is unable to provide the required CITES permits for his dirty stash of “Namibian Sunshine.” This is nothing new to us. If we look at the CITES trade data base, we can show Namibia has consistently failed to honour her obligations to the United Nations in keeping accurate records. Consequently the country has violated international trade agreements concerning a protected species. Have a look at the discrepancies between importer (Turkey) reported vs exporter (Namibia) reported.

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Namibia fails to honour CITES regulations and violates international trade agreements

The person responsible for Namibia’s Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources is Bernard Esau. As the minister it is his duty to conserve and protect resources for the benefit of both current and future generations. The irony is that Esau has no formal qualification to validate his title as fisheries minister. He has precious little understanding of oceanography or marine biology.

In our opinion Esau is nothing but a dirty, inept politician whose decisions are to the detriment of Namibia and her people. He makes a mockery of the term conservation and is a disgrace to the position. Let us forget that under his stewardship the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources violated the Treasuries Act. Let us ignore his burning desire to take maternity leave and instead provide links to just some of his typical blunders.

Bernard Esau, Namibia, Fisheries Minister

Questionable Fisheries Minister Bernard Esau has a penchant for extravagance and the finer things in life

The list goes on and on. What is even more worrying is that these questionable decisions are not simply based on the whims of an ignorant minister but include the very real aspect of bribery and corruption. A renowned Norwegian businessman has openly admitted to buying lavish gifts for high ranking officials within the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in order to secure fishing quotas.

Are we not entitled to be concerned? Do we not have the right to question why Bernard Esau has not updated his asset register since 2009 even though as a minister he is legally obligated to do so on an annual basis? Is it not strange that as the owner of a commercial farm valued at over N20 million, Bernard Esau, who earns between N$30 000 and N$45 000 per month has declared a bank account reflecting less than N$20 thousand in savings? Is it any wonder why the world bank claims government corruption in Namibia to be a bigger problem than all crime and fraud combined? Say no more.

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Namibia’s land based conservation – Not so fantastic after all

48% of Namibia’s land mass is under conservation. The country has won prestigious international awards for their tourism and conservation endeavours, Namibia is home to the largest population of free ranging cheetah on earth. Namibia is the model for Africa’s conservation success. Namibia is a dream destination, a wildlife lovers paradise.

Whoah! Slow down partner. Does that not read like a certain email? One along the lines of “Hi I am the daughter of a Nigerian oil baron. My father is being held captive by rebels and if you give me your bank details I can transfer $10 million to your account so we can pay ransom and get married and have 5 kids, live in a mansion, own a pet labrador and boast of our white picket fence?”

If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

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Namibia and the Big Scam

Sure, there is some good coming out of Namibia. BUT…If you believe in this “Namibian Paradise” with its “endless horizons” then you have fallen for the oldest trick in the book. Government propaganda has diverted your attention from a sordid reality and unscrupulous travel agents capitalize on this in the hope of fleecing you of your hard earned holiday money. Follow any of the links below to realise that the conservation dream team called Namibia is nothing but lip service, smoke screens and mirrors employed by charlatans in order to fool the gullible. It’s a scam.

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9 year old delinquent applauded for shooting endangered cheetah in Namibia

Again, the list goes on and on. Do the research and you will find horror stories galore coming out of Namibia. They include “Namibian hunting outfit linked to wildlife scam” and, in a move to buy votes before the general elections “Namibian government overrides conservationists. Issues hunting permits for rare desert elephants.”

Crime Time – a tourists nightmare

Every country on earth is affected by crime. It is a social evil we cannot escape. However, crime levels tend to increase in direct proportion to the levels of unemployment of the country. According to Namibia Statistics Agency, the country has an alarmingly high unemployment rate of 29.6% This figure could be much higher as it is conservatively determined and one must make allowances for those employed in temporary or casual positions. Consequently the country also has an alarmingly high crime rate.

A simple Google search will show that crime dominates Namibia media headlines. It takes the form from petty muggings to the extreme of serial rape, sodomy and murder. It is rife and none are spared. Time and again thieves manage to bypass security measures and evade capture. Passion killings, baby dumping, violence against women, rape, racism and even bestiality form part of daily life in Namibia. Corrupt cops are found guilty and are sentenced with a mere slap on the wrist. You may say that this is the norm and every country on earth is affected. Perhaps. But then again, how bad does a situation have to become before the country sets up a designated Police Tourist Protection Unit?

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How many countries require a designated Tourist Protection Unit?

Considering the above you have to ask yourself in all honesty, are these the actions of an environmentally progressive government? Does Namibia deserve the accolades when clearly something is rotten at the very heart of the matter? We think not.