Did you know the Namibian seal hunt is responsible for one of the largest slaughters of marine mammals on earth? It is considered to be the most brutal of ALL culls and is considered by scientists to be horrendously cruel.
From the 1st of July, 80 000 Cape Fur seal pups, still dependent on the teat, will be beaten to death with pick handles for their fur pelts. A further 6 000 adult bull seals will be shot at point blank range so that their penises can be used to make ineffective sex potions for the Asian markets, thus fueling an illegal trade in animal body parts for fake medicines.
For the next 139 days, terrified pups will be rounded up, separated from their mothers and be violently beaten to death. The colony will be rounded up at day break. Pups, bulls and cows will be surrounded and kept away from the safety of the sea. Men with clubs move in and the seals run in fear.
Each year, despite massive international criticism, flawed science, mounting public outcry and warnings from the IUCN, the quota gets increased.
The Cape Fur Seal is listed on Appendix 2 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. (CITES) This means that they are not yet threatened with extinction, but their survival is dependent on conservation. They have a natural mortality rate of around 30% within the first few weeks of being born. In Canada, sealing only begins after the pup is fully weaned and is self surviving. The Cape Fur Seal takes much longer to wean, up to 11 months. Clubbing begins when they are seven months old. Yes, still baby babies.
Loss of habitat, the fishing industry, disease and starvation are major threats to these animals. Between 1994 and 2000 some 300 thousand seals died from starvation. In 1993 the pup production was 164 248 with a sealing TAC quota of 50 850 – (31% of pups) In 2000 the pup production was 147 823 (90% of 1993) with a sealing TAC quota of 60 000 – (41% of pups).
In 2006 the pup production was 107 910 (73% of 2000) with a sealing TAC quota of 85 000 – (79% of pups) What justification is there for the Namibian government to increase the quota from 31% to 79% considering the two mass die offs in between where between a third to a half of the population died of starvation? This amounts to ecocide, yet few pay scant attention.
The ministry of fisheries claims it has on several occasions asked the public for a more humane method of culling. To date, no one has come up with a solution. The cull is mostly driven by ONE man. Hatem Yavuz. He has the contract to buy every skin from the Namibian cull until 2019. He pays $7 per pelt while foreign tourists pay $12 to view the colony (after the bull-dozers have cleaned up the beach that is) His solution to the method of culling is:
“In order for them to feel less pain, the need to be killed with a club that has a nail in it.”
This highlights the mans ignorance. Namibian seals are NOT killed with a spiked club, but are savagely beaten to death with pick handles.
Yavuz, who also just HAPPENS to be the “Honourary Consulate of Namibia to Turkey” describes himself as an animal lover, is arrogant in the extreme. He wears a necklace made from the teeth of a white whale he killed. Dubbed “The King of the Cull” Yavuz jokes in an interview with Australia’s Seven News that he wears his crown with pride. He laughs at the interviewer and makes silly and snide comments the whole way through.
Yavuz and his partner run their business “Hatem Yavuz Deri” from Sydney and apparently also have offices in Turkey, Russia. Here is his e-mail address E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org Feel free to raise your concerns. Alternative contact details for Yavuz can be found on his website by clicking HERE.