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Group caught exposing Namibia 'seal cull'

2011-07-27 11:17

Cape Town - An environmental group has claimed its officials have been forced to leave Namibia after exposing the country's annual seal cull.

"For the past month, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has based a group of crew members near Cape Cross, home of the largest Cape fur seal colony in the world, on a covert mission to document and expose the annual slaughter of 91 000 Cape fur seals," the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said.

Namibia regularly authorises culls of seals the country deems to have an impact on the environment.

The species is not threatened, but has a Cites listing (Appendix II 04/02/1977) that it might become endangered.

Environmental groups around the world have called for a halt to the process of culling them by countries such as Namibia and Canada.

The Sea Shepherd said that mission to draw attention to the cull was interrupted when its president was spotted.

Hidden cameras

"Sea Shepherd Founder and President, Captain Paul Watson, joined his crew for the first part of the mission in order to increase awareness of the killings with on-site interviews, but was forced to leave the country as soon as he was identified to reduce risk for himself and his crew."

The organisation said that as Watson left the country, the rest of the crew made their way to the seal colony in order to plant hidden cameras to expose the culling.

A similar strategy was employed by The Cove producer Fisher Stevens which exposed the dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan that led to an international outcry over the practice.

The Namibia navy, however, detected the activity on the beach and Sea Shepherd crew had to flee to SA.

The organisation has waged an unconventional war on whaling since 1981 and doesn't shy away from controversy.

One of the Sea Shepherd crew, Pete Bethune, boarded a Japanese whaling vessel in 2010. He was released amid a diplomatic storm and Australia has threatened legal action against the Japanese over their whaling practices.


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Comments
  • david - 2011-07-27 11:41

    Sea Shepherd FOREVER!!!! They are true heroes!!

      BigD - 2011-07-27 12:12

      You are all correct. We as humans have messed up the natural system by our consistent interference and over fishing. Now these seals are culled. But 91,000 does seem excessive. I wonder if the meat is properly harvested. Or if these seals are pups and only the fur taken. What ever which way there will be killing of these seals. The pilchard market was wiped out in Namibia. The main cause was the greedy trawlers that came through a few years back and took everything. The pilchards have not yet recovered.

      Beam me up - 2011-07-27 12:16

      Out of work, good for nothings yes.

      TridentXI - 2011-07-27 13:24

      I agree. There are not many people out there to stand up for our ocean animals. Kill the ocean and you sign your own death warrant. For those who need more info, visit this site http://sites.google.com/site/thesealsofnam/

      Krush - 2011-07-27 14:39

      I'm originally from Namibia. Yes, clubbing the seals does seem very cruel. Truth is, their skulls are so thin that if you just hit them once (correctly) they die. Personally I don't like it either and if anything, don't know why they can't rather be shot. Apparently it damages the skin which then can't be re-used for making clothes and other items, as well as being expensive and dangerous. Should clubbing continue they need to provide training to the people doing it. In Namibia many foreign fishing vessels (china, russia) entered the waters and abused the quotas and over fished illegally. Adding to this the seal population, which is enormous. For anyone who has ever been to Cape Cross, you will know this. If the seals are not culled, they end up starving to death anyway. Many die from starvation and disease, which I think is worse than keeping their numbers down. Brown/Cape/Australian Fur Seals are of the larger seal species, weighing up to 320kg. They currently have a population of +-2 million in southern africa alone and their population is on the increase. They feed on pelagic fish, like pilchard, hake, mackerel, snoek as well as squid, crustaceans and the african penguin. An adult seal consumes about 270kg of food per year. In the namibian cape cross colony there are over 400,000 adult seals, which equates to roughly 108000 tonnes of fish per year. I do believe their numbers must be controlled; the method however is questionable.

      StBad - 2011-07-27 16:44

      @Krush: every article has it's angle and we are all foolhardy to believe that there isn't more to the story... your info adds a bit of depth and background knowledge to the debate which the article lacks... so what's worse, 1000's of diseased and starving animals or culling? Neither really? Walked into a club you say :-)

      Zion - 2011-07-28 10:03

      If my memory does not fail me seal clubbing was practised in the 1960's at Cape Cross. Other than the odd voice in the wilderness little was said about it. Crush, in his comment above, puts it in a clear perspective. One can only imagine the astronomical numbers there would be if they were left to their lot. On the other hand disease could have wiped the entire colony out.

  • Rudolf - 2011-07-27 11:41

    Bunny huggers!

      theratlady - 2011-07-27 11:48

      I hope you turn in to a seal when you die!

      Rudolf - 2011-07-27 11:52

      @theratlady, and you into a fish! Or worse a poor fisherman making a living from the most dangerous profession in the world where these lovely furry little buggers consume all in their path because their natural number are not kept in check!

      Wayne - 2011-07-27 12:06

      @theratlady - The seals does more damage than good so they need to be culled in order to sustain a healthy population of fish for us and other animals to survive. I swear news24 attracts more retards each day.

      watak - 2011-07-27 12:13

      @Wayne - True, you seem to have found your way here just fine. We are RAPING the oceans of everything it has, broaden your knowledge. Go and watch a video on how a seal is Clubbed to death, with a Nail on a pole, utterly brutal and inhumane. We need less people like you and more conversationalists like Sea Shepherd.

      Tembo - 2011-07-27 12:25

      What about the fur trade ? You people only think of your stomachs. Maybe if you all ate less and lost weight you wouldn't need so many fish ? The seal clubbing is the most brutal thing I have seen , and I once attended a COSATU rally

      Almaki - 2011-07-27 12:54

      @watak: The word you're looking for is conservationist, not conversationalist. One is concerned with preserving nature, the other has conversations.

      watak - 2011-07-27 13:21

      @Almaki - Haha true, Freudian slip, since we're having a conversation about it ;-) Thanks for correcting.

      david - 2011-07-27 13:46

      and you're hugging men in your picture!! That make you a "buddy-hugger"? priceless :)

      ChumScrubber - 2011-07-27 20:17

      Rudolf, referring to people who care about life as bunny huggers shows your shallow mentality. Decent comments explaining the cull like that of Krush come from a person with a brain. People like you just don't care, there is something missing in your soul. Wayne, they need to be culled due to us over exploiting the fish resources - nothing evil about the seals - retard!

  • theratlady - 2011-07-27 11:49

    Well done sea shepard. The culling of seals has nothing to do with controlling seal populations and everything to do with the fur trade. This is why they are clubbed to death and not shot ..to preserve the skins.It is a cruel way to cull animals.

      Rudolf - 2011-07-27 11:55

      FYI They mostly don't sell the furs they use a little of the leather! The reason that they club them is because it is a hell of a lot more cost effective than having to buy ammunition and guns!

      O-Kay - 2011-07-27 12:01

      @Rudolf, and it's so much more fun for neanderthals to club small helpless creatures. Your attitude sickens me, go stomp on a bug and feel powerful!

      Rudolf - 2011-07-27 12:07

      Ok O-kay, I will do just that :)

      Viparo - 2011-07-27 12:14

      Rudolf, No for Your Info they do sell the furs for $1 to one European business man. Google it if you like.

      O-Kay - 2011-07-27 12:22

      @Rudolf, hehehe, sorry but your smiley face made me laugh!

      theratlady - 2011-07-27 12:24

      @ rudy they make enough money from the sale of furs to buy amunition and put kill them a little more humanley than clubbing

      theratlady - 2011-07-27 12:28

      Rudy..i would rather be a fish eaten by a seal ( fish have no form of intelligence and are devoid of most feelings) than a seal being clubbed to death.

      Krush - 2011-07-27 14:44

      They do sell some of the fur, but the quota is so small and there is hardly any money in it. They provide a few jobs for the poor people living up in that area. It's definitely not done for the fur. Two reasons it's being done: 1) Fishing is one of the larger industries in namibia. Seals consume about 110000 tonnes of fish per year. 2) They breed like rats. If you leave them alone they end up starving to death and lying rotting on the beaches. You rather want them to starve?

      Mzungu - 2011-07-27 15:46

      Theratlady, are you blooming mad?! Shows your hypocritical mammalian-ism. Fish have no feelings or form of intelligence? My puffers come to the glass wanting food... Goldfish come up to the surface when they see their food container. GTFO with your 'no form of intelligence' That whole 3-second memory thing is a myth, you stupid woman.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-07-27 20:26

      Rudolf has manhood issues. Macho to club seals is it, eh Rudy? Good values too, cost effectiveness above morals. Sad world we live in........Interesting to hear they don't use the fur, never knew that. I hope they at least use the meat for dog food or something. Grotesque waste otherwise. I guess the clubbing has to be done by somebody, must be like plumbers have no choice but to work in faeces sometimes. Man and nature in conflict again - proves we must be from another planet.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-07-27 20:28

      Jeez Mzungu, you really are a bit oversensitive when it comes to fish. Take a chill pill - I know those Puffers are cute, but chill man.

  • Haas Das - 2011-07-27 11:52

    So you cant kill 91 000 cuddly seals, but its ok to Doom a 100 000 ants?

      theratlady - 2011-07-27 12:23

      I never kill ants

      ChumScrubber - 2011-07-27 20:30

      I get what you're trying to say, but the comparison with ants - well it doesn't work. But ja, people care for the cute and pretty above the ugly - not a fair world is it?

  • Michael Pitt - 2011-07-27 11:53

    ag go and hug a bunny , there are worse things than beating a seal !!!! sea shepard hope your boat sinks and you drown waiting for a whale to come and save you

      O-Kay - 2011-07-27 12:02

      This site is just littered with strong brave men now, isn't it??? Your mother must be proud!!

      watak - 2011-07-27 12:04

      You sir, are an abomination, your view towards animals reflects the kind of person you are. Go and die you miserable, selfish creature.

      Tembo - 2011-07-27 12:27

      No wonder the world is in a state - when people like you show no love to animals. Maybe if a family member is clubbed you will feel differently ?

      Janette - 2011-07-27 13:14

      I hope you don't have children, otherwise you will make their lives a misery with your attitude. People like you should be made to work in an animal shelter . Shame on you

      Michael Pitt - 2011-07-27 15:40

      well all you self confessed nature hugers , have you any idea how the seals effect the fishing community in the area ? i am not saying go and beat a dog or strangle a cat that is just wrong !!! but everything has its limit, janette espically i actually go to the spca and walk the dogs on a weekend what do you do ?

      kooster - 2011-07-27 16:03

      @ Michael Pitt.You stupid ignorant idiot. These same people "culling" murdering these seals are the same ones that kill the seal's natural predator and now you think you've got all the right info to attack the ones that actually care for the planet and it's creatures. Let me give you my address and see if you will call me a bunny hugger in my face, there will be one less mouth to feed namely you. Freakin' virus...

      Michael Pitt - 2011-07-27 16:27

      kooster go and find a short bridge and take a long walk off it !!! always violence !! dont raise your voice better your arguement "desmond tutu", i just people were as passionate about the issues that are more pressing than this ! famine, war and dictators is quite a shame

      Mzungu - 2011-07-27 17:08

      Kooster, you are a rather pesky little creature arent you? Threats of violence... And just down the line you mention youre a man with common sense... tsk tsk tsk. I bet you are an overweight, middle-aged man with oedipus complex, and very obviously ruled by your emotions. Clear and logical thought my friend, the only way in which you will see the truth. Now, you go and eat your hake at your local ocean basket, and think about all these horrible people killing seals because there simply isn't enough fish for all of us AND the seals. Yes! Clubbing! Horrible I tell you! Lets just let them all starve to death, much, much better

      ChumScrubber - 2011-07-27 20:33

      So Michael, if we complain about a woman being raped, you'll say - ag, it could have been worse, it could have been a baby. Doff comment. Another boy with a manhood issue.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-07-27 20:40

      You see Michael, there is a reason to care about nature - we depend on a healthy natural environment for our own survival. So perhaps the ones who care about nature are actually the ones who care the most about the survival of the human race. Or do you think humans don't depend on nature for survival? Strange how some of you are so blind to the realities of life.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-27 11:59

    Q: What do Tupperware & a Walrus have in common ? A: They both like a tight seal.

  • Beam me up - 2011-07-27 12:26

    The Namibian government must increase the quota to 200 000 and allow hunters to part take in the sport. I will club a few for free, just for the relief of frustration.

      Kalanamia - 2011-07-27 12:38

      at jy soek moeilikheid

      4Whatitworth - 2011-07-27 12:39

      Me thinks that the human population is overpopulated. Maybe it's time to cull a few million humans!

      Steve T - 2011-07-27 12:43

      Sir, I would just love to meet you face to face in real life. Then I would give you a very real experience on 'clubbing'. You are a very sick and sad individual!

      Kalanamia - 2011-07-27 13:00

      Told you

      Mzungu - 2011-07-27 15:52

      Steve T, oooooh... wat 'n groot meneer, internets threats, how very mature and brave... If I ever meet you in real life, Ill.. oh, wait..

      drystone - 2011-07-27 20:09

      shove the club

      ChumScrubber - 2011-07-27 20:47

      What a man you are! Hope you beam up to hell.

  • theratlady - 2011-07-27 12:30

    @ wayne ..takes one to know one! NEH

  • Riaan - 2011-07-27 13:14

    Jeez. There are a lot of trolls on this page. They really get a kick out of pissing people off. Leave the seals. Rather start culling people. I'll send you a wish list. The top of my list will comprise of murderers, rapists, politicians and fundamentalist Christians.

      Michael Pitt - 2011-07-27 15:49

      riann a+ in my book

  • Orcanda - 2011-07-27 13:16

    Most here who sit and talk dont have a clue what you talking about. You all are ruled by your emotions but dont see the bigger picture. When this IDIOTS were asking for an other alternative they all stand there with their MOUNTHS FULL OF TEETH and NONE of them could come up with another alternative. Bunch of IDIOTS rule by their emotions. MOST of them have never even seen the seal culling and when the Namibiams showed them on the wrong information on their Facebook site ...they blocked them all..Just shows you what a bunch of liars they are.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-07-27 20:49

      I can't understand what you are saying, can you clarify?

  • Katinka - 2011-07-27 13:18

    The success of a nation and its people can be judged by the way their animals are treated. The chop that hates the Sea Shepherd so much, did you know that Whales are mammals and actually feel when they are harpooned. Did you know that we carry on killing our whales the way we do, we will soon have no more? Did you know that they only cull the seal pups and not the adults? Maybe it makes for better fur?? And did you know that the benefactor of this fur and its profits is an Australian idiot. The human race's lust for copius amounts of meat means out animalss and fish are more in demand and therefore the slaughtering process has become so inhumane. And please, none of that top of the food chain bull, yes animals were given to us for food and clothing and warmth, however we only take the best and leave the rest to rot and we are sucking our earth dry. Did you know that a vegetarian driving an SUV is more eco friendly then a meat eater riding a bicycle. And I see there are many "men" with big mouths on this page, however like I said you can and will be judged by the way that you treat animals. And lastly, hope onto the net, go to PETA and hook yourself up with a free CD, narrated by Alec Baldwin entitled, Meet your Meat. It might just bring back some humanity.

      Bambi - 2011-07-27 14:03

      What is the definition of vegetarian...... An ancient African word meaning "Bad hunter"

      Mzungu - 2011-07-27 15:54

      Its not just mammals that feel. PETA is in any case a borderline terrorist organization, with mad extremists governing them. Sea Shepherd feels even greenpeace is too mild mannered. All are mad.

      Orcanda - 2011-07-27 17:35

      Katinka personally I dont have time for PETA they make a mockery of everything and are beyond stupid. They dont make a point. Mostly they are the laughing stock for most people. If you want a bit of commedy and free porn for the day go watch them trying to make a point. Putting a naked pregnant woman in a cage for the pight of pigs, standing on all 4? What a joke.. noone took them serious and most people point and laugh. Go Google Peta is a joke and then you see how much respect people really have for PETA..not much.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-07-27 20:52

      The stuff PETA shows just depresses me, shows what a phsyco bunch we really are. Must admit, I'm happy to eat meat - as long as I know how it came to be meat.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-07-27 20:56

      Agree Orcanda, a lot of PETA's methods lose them credibility. In fact a lot of good causes are spoilt by the image they send out - they are often hijacked by crazies. But at least they keep the world aware of what evil us humans get up to. I hope there is a hell for those that deserve it, I really do.

  • Katinka - 2011-07-27 13:24

    Oh and please dont bother with the bunny hugger bull either. Facts are facts, and if you feel you need to have a come back with some other idiotic comments without doing some homework first, it will show.

  • Jaco - 2011-07-27 13:42

    I think less than 5% of the hysterical contributors to this page has any idea what they're talking about, since it's evident that almost no-one here has had any real interaction with Cape fur seals themselves, or marine life as such. Cruel means of killing seals, however, can not be justified by any means whatsoever.

  • elsieh1 - 2011-07-27 13:47

    How many of you commenting on the story actually live in Namibia, know the Namibian environment and the Namibian coast and what it can safely sustain? None of you? Go and live there before you start casting stones. About the same number are culled every year and about the same number remain alive, well fed and able to breed.

      Thys - 2011-07-27 14:07

      Thank you so much Elsie for your positive input, if that is the case then so be it, however the way they are culled remains inhumane and that is a fact. Please don't tell me that you also approve of the most horrific and inhumane culling of Dolphins and whales in the Eastern countries, and to conclude we might as well ad our Black and White Rhino.

      Michael Pitt - 2011-07-27 15:54

      100% thys yes that is a different kettle of fish(excuse the pun haha), endangered species im with you, but those seals are litteraly destroying an eco system

      Orcanda - 2011-07-27 17:37

      Thank elseih1 I am a Namibian at least we know what we are talking about not this bunch of idiots who gets all emotional. I want them all to come up with another alternative. Please do and no you cant use a gun.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-07-27 20:59

      The seals are destroying the eco system Michael? Really, nothing to do with the humans then? Thanks for enlightening me, I'll sleep much better now.

  • elsieh1 - 2011-07-27 15:02

    @ Thys - I was speaking solely about Namibia as that is where my knowledge lies, and the comment implies that people should get ALL the facts straight before they judge. Would you rather put guns in inept hands so that people get killed as well?

      ChumScrubber - 2011-07-27 21:00

      Good idea actually.

  • Bernoo - 2011-07-27 15:07

    Again.. Save one predator species and you affect another species.. http://www.news24.com/SciTech/News/Killer-whales-preying-on-otters-20101016

  • Mzungu - 2011-07-27 15:43

    Paul Watson is a twat. He is an attention seeking son of a biiiii, who, judging by his large, american frame, has done more damage to the earth by his eating habits alone, than these people CULLING the seals

      kooster - 2011-07-27 16:10

      @ Mzungu ( I hope you know what it actually means ). And your facts come from where? If you are a real white man then it says more than enough of your mentality of killing for money. And yes, I'm white, just one of those with common sense.

      Mzungu - 2011-07-27 16:19

      A yes, kooster, an emancipated white afrikaner, saviour of the black, the furry and the fluffy. Notice how my whole statement is a subjective one, so I shall not support it with facts. The facts are though, that Paul Watson has a completely skewed sense of reality, and is extremist in the truest form. He is so narcissistic that he will even fake a shooting(go google that) for some media attention. Now, my statement above might have been subjective, but his whole mission is subjective and hypocritical

      Orcanda - 2011-07-27 17:41

      High5 Mzungu

  • konrad.hinz - 2011-07-27 16:02

    Sea Shepherd GO HOME. The seals are dying anyway because there is not enough food for them. Would you like to go to the beach and see a rotting seal carcas every 100m. Not to mention the smell. Touchy subject I know. But it's the truth.

      Kalanamia - 2011-07-27 16:16

      Og en dit vrot

      Orcanda - 2011-07-27 17:44

      Oh Konrad.hinz try telling them that on their Facebook site and before you can say Jawohl you are blocked. They dont like the facts they dont like to truth they only like their own lies and to blow their own little horn. They are all on an emotionla attention seeking trip. And to all he emotional teary eyed people..we are specifically talking about NAMIBIA not other countrys or whales or whatever.

  • Chibuli - 2011-07-27 16:34

    If left alone, Nature will take care of the ecology. It's when man interferes that imbalances occur. The over-fishing has caused an imbalance - and the seals are blamed, so man must now cull the seals. What's next in the food chain that we will feel the need to control. Why is it that man thinks he's so bloody intelligent?

      Antoinette - 2011-07-27 16:44

      And there's the heart of it all. We ruined the balance. Now, we are intervening to fix it, but I'm not sure we are. The one thing I truly believe is that one day nature will balance things again, and we might not like how she does it.........

      ChumScrubber - 2011-07-27 21:09

      I guess the reality is that due to us upsetting the balance, we need to somehow manage the consequences - hence the culling. Like in Kruger we need to cull elephants - reason being that it is fenced and hence finite in size, the elephant population unfortunately grows. What other choice is there really. I do worry however that the seal issue may have more to do with human greed than managing our abused ecosystem. But maybe I'm wrong. From a pure conservation point of view, if the seal population remains stable on the current quota, we can't really argue against it. It just seems a bit perverse to club baby animals - but we do a lot worse in industrial animal farming. Infinitely more cruel, on a mega scale. We are a brutal species - probably why we're so "successful". We will however, at some stage, self destruct - that is unavoidable due to our "human nature".

      Bernoo - 2011-07-28 09:24

      So we should abandon saving panada's? Lets face it the species is uninterested in sex, prefers solitude and only eats bamboo.. Even though it can eat other food sources.. Natural selection would have offed it ages ago.. Just putting the thought out there..

  • Kapnschtaten - 2011-07-27 16:53

    Leave the Seals alone, how anyone can literally "club" an animal to death is just plain WRONG. The answer should be fish farming, its the ONLY way of sustaining our oceans, simple as that. We farm everthing else yet we are literally eating most fish & crustasian species into expinction, and somehow we are all OK with that....it makes NO sense at all. Aquaculture is the future.

      Mzungu - 2011-07-27 17:00

      Aquaculture is the future, I agree. That is why we should be grateful for the great strides the reefkeeping hobby is making towards captive breeding, and captive rearing, as raising marines is by no means a small feat, and will take some grand techniques and technology. Especially raising pelagic species, most of which start life in the planktonic 'soup'. Maybe, we should all just stop eating meat and live off lentils instead.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-07-27 21:15

      Aha, Mzungu is a looney extremist marine aquarium owner. Now I understand your dislike of seals - or anything that poses a threat to your beloved scaly mates. Nice hobby dude, we used to have one in our office - go diving for specimens. My favourite fish was "The Head", a baby box fish. Seals don't occur in Durban so I never got to dislike them though.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-07-27 21:20

      Kapnschtaten - we've tried in Mpumalanga with fresh water fish. The problem is trying to market something new - people are very reluctant to try something new. A large catfish project went bung due to this. Guy up the road is farming Tilapia - early days, hope he makes it. The environmental guys are very sticky with issuing permits as well - not sure if due to possible pollution or alien species invading, etc. But its not easy. Huge potential though, perhaps we first need to exterminate the oceans creatures?

      Mzungu - 2011-07-27 23:13

      Hahaha, no Chum Scrubber, I am unfortunately not, but thank you for the compliment nonetheless. I do follow what they are doing though(as zoologists should) I am also not against seals, far from it. My irritation comes from extremist view points. Culling seals might not be right, but in my opinion, if the population remains healthy and stable, and it is done ethically(In my opinion, a swift, hard blow to the head is ethical, if done properly. Beats the animals getting stressed out by the sound of 91000 gun shots) it should be permitted. I am not of the viewpoint that they are a threat to fish numbers, that's what humans are there for. We have simply over-fished, and these animals have to bear the brunt of that. But then again, what is new?

      elsieh1 - 2011-07-28 10:05

      Fish farming in Namibia??? Haha! Go and Google Namibia - you'll find it's mostly desert with 2 perennial rivers and not enough water for the 2 million people that live there!! Think before you speak!

      Mzungu - 2011-07-28 17:41

      Elsie, why not? This has nothing to do with your land, its marine, and even on land, one can quite easily raise prawns and the like, being close to the ocean all that is required. Maybe you should read and think before you speak, as he did not even mention Namibia. He merely stated to preserve our oceans, fish farming is the way. Salmon and prawns are raised commercially in vast quantities already. And no, Elsie, not in the desert, but in the sea.

  • henry - 2011-07-27 23:25

    Sea shepherd are enviroment terrorists acording to FBI, i tend to agree with FBI. OLD PROUDLY NAMIBIAN,. OLD PROUDLY NAMIBIAN,

  • elsieh1 - 2011-07-29 03:24

    @ Mzungu: you have lost the plot - Kapnschaten WAS talking about seals. The whole discussion is about NAMIBIA's seal culling. Perhaps you need to investigate fish farming some more. It ruins the ecology in and surrounding the fish farm better than most other things can. And. yes, I know fish farming is in the sea, but in Namibia it would entail housing a few people who do the farming on the desert shore and getting water to them and GREAT cost!

  • Zion - 2011-07-29 18:15

    Donkey's years ago when I was an appie on the railways in Walvis Bay, I used to take the other appies out along the coast to search for big dead seals. They were equipped with knives, pliers and vice-grips to extract the large front teeth. This was honed to a beautiful smooth ivory pendant and attached to a gold chain. The girls used to love them, the teeth that is. I would quietly kots behind the bakkie due to the unimaginable stink. In some quarters it is maintained that rob (seal) biltong is fantastic. Much like eating the dog. I have savoured porpoise biltong but seal, no ways pappie.

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