When Namibia gained independence in 1990, it issued rights and quotas to two
sealing concession holders to club 930,000 seals. Since then, harvesters
have filled just 60% of their annual quota, causing the government to lose
the 40% revenue gleaned from each dead pup… Namibia’s sealing trade has
rights until 2019 to kill a million seals.
This year’s Cape Fur Seal slaughter was to begin 7/1/09, but then
temporarily suspended to negotiate the possible $14 million sellout of
Namibia’s seal trade to Francois Hugo of Seal Alert-South Africa.
Namibia Seal Cull NOT Started, Hang-in There Baby Seals, Help Coming
Cruelest Seal Cull in the World
FULL CONTACT INFORMATION
Francois Hugo Seal Alert-SA, http://sealalertsa.wordpress.com/
Yavuz Group Australia
4/43 A Ethel St. Seaforth N.S.W.
61-2-9948 5366; fax: 61-2-9948 5377
Yavuz Group Turkey
Organize Deri Sanayi Boelgesi 11 Yol B-1 Parsel
ph: +90 (216) 394 27 20-21; fax: +90 (216) 394 27 22
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Dear Hatem Yavuz of Australia,
Sometimes a business needs to look beyond projected revenue, to consider
moral implications. Citizens worldwide overwhelmingly oppose Namibia’s
annual seal massacre, yet Hatem Yavuz — the sole purchaser of Cape Fur Seal
skins — apparently supports it. Association with a seal cull that has
surpassed Canada in scope and cruelty generates negative publicity.
Brutalized seals are so young, mother’s milk gushes from their knife wounds.
Utter terror may cause pups to regurgitate milk even before they are
clubbed. After several blows with a wooden club, pups presumed dead are
“bled out” with a knife. Some remain conscious till partially skinned.
I respectfully ask you to boycott Cape Fur Seal pelts and thereby thwart the
only hunt that permits clubbing of nursing pups. Seal fur jackets and
medicinal oils are ethically indefensible. I am confident a businessman with
your acumen can tap other lucrative resources that don’t invest in this
The sealskin market is shriveling amid an economic slump and passage of a
European Union ban on all non-aboriginal seal goods. Belgium, the
Netherlands, Slovenia, Croatia, South Africa, the U.S. and Mexico already
prohibit seal products. Cape fur seal imports were specifically banned
across the EU in 2009. Yavuz Group, an exclusive buyer of baby pelts in
2008, seems to be the primary incentive for an otherwise dead-end industry.
Namibia’s seal population has endured massive depletion due to starvation.
Thus, claims from the Ministry of Fisheries that bludgeoning and slashing
nursing pups is crucial to population control ring false. The cull itself
excludes breeding seals. Moreover, natural cycles within ecosystems level
populations. South Africa, for example, has observed no rise in seal numbers
since ending its commercial cull in 1990.
Please heed global disapproval and end your endorsement of seal slaughter. I
urge you to publicly pledge to stop buying Namibian Cape Fur Seal pelts.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
Namibian seal hunt to go on, 90,000 to be clubbed
Namibia: Seal Cull NOT Started, Hang-in There Baby Seals, Help Coming
Aussie Company Supports Cruel Seal Cull
Please Help Stop the Seal Fur Trade.
Francois Hugo Seal Alert-SA
The Noises of Seal Fur Protestors – by Hatem Yavuz
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