Tag Archive: South Africa

Nov 13

Namibia seal hunt draws to close as pups evade clubs

Namibia, the biggest hunter of seals after Canada, licenses right holders to kill the fish-eating mammals during a harvesting season that starts in July, seeking to profit from selling fur and adult male penises, an aphrodisiac in Asia. Namibia’s annual seal harvest is set to be the smallest on record after thousands of the animals …

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Aug 06

Ghost Fishing Challenge

Marine debris is a universal problem that doesn’t only affect seals. Each year, millions of animals including dolphins, sharks, sea lions, whales, turtles, manatees, dugongs etc will be affected. The debris not only causes painful wounds that can become infected, but also impedes the animals ability to hunt. They will then either starve to death …

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Dec 30

Mass die off of Cape Fur seals

The Cape Fur seal, Arctocephalus Pusillus Pusillus, endemic to the waters of South Africa and Namibia is currently undergoing a mass die off. This has been confirmed by independent eye witnesses from both countries. In 2006, an estimated 300 thousand seals died of starvation in Namibia. This is the largest recorded mass die off of any …

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Nov 25

WTO upholds EU trade ban!

Geneva- Switzerland The World Trade Organization has released it’s findings regarding the 2009 EU ban which forbids the  trade in marine mammal products such as skins, meat and oils from the commercial seal hunts. The ban, which has seen legal challenges from Norway, Canada and Namibia has been upheld. The WTO concluded that although the …

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Nov 24

Shutting down the seal hunt markets

The biggest blow to the sealing industry came in 2009 when the 27 nations of the EU joined the USA and Mexico in instituting a ban on the import of products derived from marine mammals. These products include skins, meat and oils from the commercial seal hunts In 2011, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan followed up …

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Aug 08

Habitat Loss and Proof That Culling Does Not Work

This post will explain why we are so concerned for the Cape fur seal.  It is a synopsis of a media presentation that was delivered by ourselves, on behalf of Seal Alert SA. Each year, Namibia “culls” up to 86,000 Cape fur seals.  What is the government hoping to achieve by slaughtering these animals?  Are …

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Jun 09

Open Letter to SA MP RE her Calls to Reintroduce Seal Slaughter

By the early 1900’s, Cape fur seals in Southern Africa had been hunted to the brink of extinction and government was forced to intervene.  The slaughter continued in South Africa under regulations of the government until 1990.  Millions of seals were brutally slaughtered for their fur, oils and genitals.  Namibia is now the only country …

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Oct 22

Seals at Robberg

Check out some of the footage of Cape fur Seals (Arctocephalus Pusillus Pusillus) taken from our initial observations of the seal colony at Robberg Peninsula off Plettenberg  Bay (South Africa). Robberg translates from Dutch as “Seal Mountain.” We intend to monitor all the seal colonies along the South African coastline as part of a study.  The …

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