Activists protest Namibia seal clubbing

2011-06-15 14:45

Johannesburg - Members of three animal rights group protested in Randburg, north of Johannesburg, on Wednesday against the clubbing of Cape Fur seal pups in Namibia.

"The Namibian government has taken a stand that seals are detrimental to fishing populations... and therefore brutally club baby seals to death," Beauty Without Cruelty spokesperson Anne van Vliet said at the roadside protest in Bryanston.

"We are asking them to reconsider their policy on a culling quota... especially because the seals are on the brink of extinction," she said.

The quota of 86 000 seals a year was valid until 2018.

Van Vliet said 180 unemployed men were given culling jobs between June and August every year when pups were born.

"We are rather advocating sustainable seal-viewing eco-tourism all year round."

The protest was held under the banner of The Seals of Nam, which includes rights groups Fur Free SA and Sea Shepherd SA.

  • KomboKitten - 2011-06-15 14:48

    to anybody who makes a joke about these poor seals plight, you will pay for it.

      Caz - 2011-06-15 15:05

      I agree, surely they can find an alternative solution. - 2011-06-15 15:37

      the fact of the matter it needs to be done....there just is not enough fish around to sustain the jokes. the same can be said about elephant culling. every year there are protests and every year it goes those people are wasting their time.

      Ederik - 2011-06-15 15:44

      There are not too many seals or elephants, there are too many people!

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-15 16:12

      Ederik has a point there. Maybe we're culling the wrong species? We could spare a few billion, i'm sure.

      Chewbacca - 2011-06-15 16:33

      Agreed, Seal pups are way to young to be out clubbing

      Justin Brink - 2011-06-15 16:35

      One day, a seal walks into a club...

      kagisopheto - 2011-06-15 16:50

      Q: how many animal rightists does it take to change a light bulb? A: none. animal rightists change nothing

      Emsmum - 2011-06-15 16:51

      Namibia is far from over-populated, population density 2.5 people per square kilometer... as compared to South Africa's 40. And KomboKitten: "poor seals plight"??? That has got to be the ditziest thing I have heard in my life; its a seal, it has no aspirations, no hopes, or dreams... it does not stare out across the sore everyday desperately hoping that it is alive to see its grand-cubs be born... but they are in direct competition with real actual people who everyday wake up and wonder how they are going to provide for their families. If you want to use "poor" and "plight" to describe something, you need not look so far from home!

      Gorilla - 2011-06-15 17:06

      I didn't know seals were allowed into clubs. Must be a Namibia thing.

      Duncan - 2011-06-15 18:32

      You asked for it... I'm all for saving the seals, save one for me! I have a cricket bat. Seriously though, your outrage doesn't entitle you to limit what I have to say and I wouldn't have said anything if you hadn't issued a challenge. I ? Seals! Really!

  • Caz - 2011-06-15 15:02

    This should be banned once and for all, that is the crulest thing ever!!!

      Beam me up - 2011-06-15 16:46

      You don't have to live with them so come and etch all the seals you want? If you live in a glass house don't throw stones!

      Taurusaurus - 2011-06-15 17:12

      @Beam me up; okay, so you live with them, but what did they do to you? Who entitled the human species to all and sundry food supplies and resources on the planet Earth? Animals covered the world in many areas long before humans; why must they get kicked to the curb for humankind's virus-like population explosion and greed? Humans have and continue to kill animals, each other, and this planet - it is nobody's "right" to ruin this planet for every living organism and life form, so how about you get off that pedestal before you fall off and do yourself an injury. ;)

  • Bernoo - 2011-06-15 15:16

    Um... Does anyone else realise that seals are hunters and that if you watched March of the Penguins you'd realise how viscous they are? Just a thought..

      onetickie - 2011-06-15 15:57

      Ah, sounds like you might be one of the Jap fishing boat thugs who go out whale-hunting/slaughtering in the name of "research" or perhaps you're just wanting a seal-fur piece of clothing.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-15 16:12

      What the heck has that got to do with ppl clubbing infant seals?

      Bernoo - 2011-06-15 16:17

      It's just a thought.. The whole killing a killer.. And onetickie, clearly you havent watched March of the Penguins.. Also Weirdly Killer whales are responsible for the adding of the sea otter to the endangered species list.. NOT man.. So killing killer whales might help the environment ;-) go Japs. But seriously i hate green peace and you cant blame the japs. The fishermen want to make an honest liviing and green peace stops them, without offering alternatives. My main view is THINK what the impact actually is.

  • Odin Rapscallion - 2011-06-15 15:26

    Excellent! Can't wait for my new jacket. Keeps me warm while I go help out fellow human beings.

      bailey.bubblesqueak - 2011-06-15 15:45

      Chop... Hope you get clubbed.

      EDI2000 - 2011-06-15 16:30

      heard the joke about the two seals that walked into a club......?? You would of thought at least one of them would have seen it!

  • davin.gaier - 2011-06-15 15:46

    I think seal clubbing is absolutely disgusting! Sure, I understand that fish resources are low but this just sick! - the 'jobs assigned to culling should rather be allocated to making fish farms to try increase the quantity of fish!

      Beam me up - 2011-06-15 16:47

      We could shot them, would that be better for you?

      kagisopheto - 2011-06-15 16:53

      i dont know i think clubbing little seals would be pretty cool. imagine them in their little club t-shirts and caps on backwards eating ecstasy raving to psytrance

  • 420 - 2011-06-15 15:48

    We are a disgusting thing us humans.. We consume all yet we blame seals for consuming OUR sardines... Lets get our own breeding under control - we have increased our population by 1.7 BILLION PEOPLE since 1990!!!

      davin.gaier - 2011-06-15 15:54

      I couldn't agree more! I'm often so ashamed to be apart of this human race!

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-15 16:14

      Or maybe we just need an invasion by some sort of alien species that'll use humans as it's ONLY source of food. The poor things will prob die of heart attacks (or similar ailments, since it's probably only an odds-on chance they'll have anything resembling hearts in any case)

      Taurusaurus - 2011-06-15 17:21

      Spot on, 420. Humanity is inhumane. We kill animals, each other, and the planet on a daily basis. Humans have become a plague to the planet and humankind itself.

      420 - 2011-06-15 17:57

      One of the agents in the Matrix (I know, but its apt) said that the Human race is like a cancer... Sounds about right to me..

      TSR01 - 2011-06-15 18:10

      "I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure." - Agent Smith

      Duncan - 2011-06-16 07:49

      Why don't you do the honourable thing and cull yourself? I bet you'd have no objection to other people if you could be sure they were opinionated, green drop-outs like yourself? Moron

  • KPdG - 2011-06-15 15:48

    i want to club a baby seal with a even cuter baby seal

  • ettiennel - 2011-06-15 15:50

    "... especially because the seals are on the brink of extinction" Anne, have you ever been to Cape Cross or any other part of the Namibian Coast ? There are millions of them along the coast and if they are not culled, many thousands more than 86000 will just die of starvation ! How cruel is that ? The vast majority of Namibians are pro-culling - because there are just too many seals to be sustained by the amount of food.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-15 16:15

      Or maybe humans should stop dragging the oceans clean and leave some actual fish for the seals to eat? It's a radical idea, i know.

      Jubby - 2011-06-15 17:21

      +1 ettiennel !! exactely what the main reason is here

      sapalovtuleingepo - 2011-06-15 18:57

      When was this study carried out that determined that seals were on brink of extinction? Have courage and say the truth. Those who saw that extinction let them come to Namibia and get some seals, please.Cojonudo, Namibia

  • Kal-El - 2011-06-15 15:51

    The problem is not that the seals are being culled, its the way they do it!!Surely there is a better way than seal clubbing??

      EDI2000 - 2011-06-15 16:32

      Super-man takes the fun out of everything ;(

      420 - 2011-06-15 23:37

      Agreed, send in the fighters, bomb the living day-lights out of the area, atleast they wont see it coming... Surely we have some Apartheid era stockpiles living around - or have those all been sold on by the tendentrepeneurs?

  • onetickie - 2011-06-15 15:54

    Shame on Namibia, had planned to take an overseas Australian visitor there in the next few months but on reading this shall definitely be choosing an alternative place to visit.

      madebo32 - 2011-06-15 16:21

      I live in Swakopmund which is only an hours drive from Cape Cross and can tell you that the seals are a major problem for the fishing industry and a pest to a most of fisherman. You can not drive 50m along the coast without seeing a seal dead or alive. @ onetickie - I feel very sorry for your Australian visitor who will never get to see one of the most stunning countries Africa has to offer because of your ignorance in believing everything you read on the internet or newspapers. I am pro seal culling because I have first hand experience in the destruction they cause and the vast numbers inhabiting our oceans. The biggest problem people have with culling is the way that they do it which I agree is inhumane. My point is that if you are going to judge a whole country by one flaw then you might as well stay at home as every country its flaws including South Africa. I would still visit South Africa even though I think Julius Malema is an idiot!

      Chewbacca - 2011-06-15 16:37

      Yes, we need to cull darkies here as there are way too many of them and they bread and act like locusts

      Zion - 2011-06-15 16:45

      As an ex-Swakopmunder I would also like to add that seals entangled in nets of fishing craft costs the boat owners thousands to replace/repair. The high amount of seals at Cape Cross indicates the regrowth of the fishing stock in the entire region. The recourse to sorting out seals trailing fishing vessels was, at an earlier time, by shooting them.

  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-15 16:17

    Just one question: If they're protesting Seal Culling taking place in Namibia, why are they protesting in JoBurg???

      Zion - 2011-06-15 16:48

      You know what happened when the ANCYL attempted to enter Swaziland to sort out Swazilands problems.

  • - 2011-06-15 16:36

    Lets start clubbing the majority race in South Africa, shame poor animals

  • Beam me up - 2011-06-15 16:44

    Firstly none of you live in Namibia and none of you know what damage these seals cause. You are free to come and collect them if you want them, if not, shut the f*#k up!

      Taurusaurus - 2011-06-15 17:28

      Nice attitude, chop. Maybe you should also be culled, because you're devouring all the News24 bandwidth, comment space, and server storage with useless insults and leaving none for other News24 users who contribute.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-15 22:02

      I live in Windhoek, genius.

      Beam me up - 2011-06-15 22:27

      Taurusauras it is twats like you that comment without knowing the real story.

  • Francois - 2011-06-15 17:07

    Dear very stupid Namibians who support seal clubbing. Prior to clubbing there were no seals on the mainland, now there is 800 000 and they are eating all your fish costing you billions in the lost fish they eat. So go ahead club more and more, for each pup you club, the cow will produce another. Already 80% of your seals are on the mainland. Club away, because you are just too stupid to realise if you stop. Seals will go back to their extinct seal islands off Namibia, and successfully produce a pup only every three years, instead of every year. It is you that is making the seals produce three-times as many pups, but hey carry on

      Beam me up - 2011-06-15 17:35

      I support the Namibian government 100% in their effort to "cull" the seal population. Their approach is correct, they could have opted to open a hunting season on seals but instead decided to put controls in place. I say again, if you cry foul, come and collect all the seals you want, we will not charge you a cent. Take them to your own country and make sure they do not enter Namibia again. As you know we have strict immigration laws. - 2011-06-15 17:44

      go play with malema....jou dom

      CPII - 2011-06-15 17:44

      LOL at Beam....seals are like flies. One thing that makes me laugh at bunny huggers, they have no qualms to consume kgs of beef or wear the most expensive clothing made out of animal hide ;)

  • CPII - 2011-06-15 17:32

    Tsk! Bunny huggers! Fur seals my ass they are :o

  • pat.dickens2 - 2011-06-15 19:10

    I would like to correct Van Vliet. The number of people employed has dropped from 160 to 81. Also Cape Fur Seals are an endangered species, appearing on both the IUCN red list as well as on Appendix II of CITES

      Duncan - 2011-06-16 15:23

      Cape Fur Seals, aka the Brown Seal or Arctocephalus pusillus, is not an endangered species. In fact they're rated 'least concern' on the IUCN list in terms of their survival prospects. CITES bans the trade of wild caught seals, nothing else. Why must you lie?

  • Martin - 2011-06-20 21:36

    sick. it makes me fkng sick!!!!!! i say cull the cullers. and, there isnt enough fish because humans eat them all and can them all, wasting away on a shef in the store, ppl make this world hard to live in for any other living thing. if we start to kill ppl like they kill elephants and seals all the problems will go away, its a fact that humans are to much for the earth to sustain . china had the rite idea to limit their ppl, think its time the rest of the world does the same?, it would stop unemployment , hunger and over population . think about it

  • ruans - 2011-07-01 21:41

    It's time we start with population control. Balance things out a bit. Why must helpless animals pay for human's inability to stop breeding like animals. And they say humans have brains! At least 50 murders a day in SA. Fully supporting this right now!

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