On the 15th July 2012, 20 Namibian men are preparing themselves to go into protected baby seal nurseries and attempt to find, and then separate 85 000 baby seals from their mothers and beat them to death for their soft pelts over the next 4,5 months. Later, a further 6 000 bull seals will be shot for their genitals.
"From the facts placed before me I do not have adequate and sufficient grounds in law and fact to recommend to the Namibian government to stop the annual seal harvest. I trust my Report with its findings and recommendations will ensure better compliance with domestic legislation, international agreements to which Namibia is a party and ensure a seal harvest more humane than that of slaughtering of cattle in abattoirs."
AMIBIA'S Ombudsman, John Walters has proposed a host of changes to the regulations governing culling in Namibia, although he endorses the practice.
After a lot of complaints from seal rights activists, particularly Seal-Alert SA, Walters called a stakeholders meeting in Namibia last year, to which the South African based Seal-Alert was also invited, as well as the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, where divergent views about seal culling in Namibia was exchanged.
On July 1, 2012 The Republic of Namibia will begin 139 days of barbaric wildlife carnage ~ the largest slaughter of marine wildlife in the world ~ separating over 90,000 baby Cape Fur Seals from their mothers ~ brutally stabbing & clubbing them to death ~ $7.00 a fur pelt. Over 6,000 Bull Seals will be shot in the head ~ for their penises ~ to be used as ineffective aphrodisiacs. Turkish citizen, Hatem Yavuz, "The Butcher of Namibia" has repeatedly encouraged specious and questionable government contracts to bloody the beaches of Namibia ~ year after year.
The Namibian ombudsman, currently Adv. John Walters, is mandated by the constitution of Namibia under Articles 89-94. He has the power to take direct action in providing relief by bringing forth an interdict or other suitable remedy as a means to secure the termination of the offending action or the abandonment or the alteration of the offensive procedures as complained against.
With only 38 days remaining to the Namibian seal hunt, The Seals of Nam are pulling out all the stops and are urging the Namibian government to end the annual carnage of Cape Fur seals. The Ombudsman's report was initially due in March. It was then postponed to May, the reason given that Adv. Walters is awaiting the results of an aerial survey. With the government unable to produce a complete survey from 2007 onwards, we seriously question if the results from a survey undertaken in December of 2011 will be finalised before the start of the slaughter season. As such, we reiterate our stance that the Ombudsman's meeting held in September last year was a stall tactic employed by the government so as to proceed with this year's killing spree. We hope to be found wrong.