Namibian Seal Hunting- Seal hunting is practiced in several countries of the world.
Namibia being one of the countries in the world where the seal is most hunted, has been urged to check the rate of the hunt in the Southern Country of Africa.
Report says that on every July 1st in Namibia, about 80,000 Cape Fur Seals pups are usually beaten or shot to death. By so doing, the extinction rate of the animal increases.
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Cape fur seals are a protected species in South Africa. They are listed on Appendix II of the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
Regardless of naming the seals as endangered and protected species, they are still slaughtered in thousands.
Reports says that the Namibian seal slaughter has become the largest slaughter of marine mammals on earth since the EU and Russia have banned Canadian seal products.
Many reacted negatively to the call by one of SA Lawmakers to re-introduce the Seal “harvest” in other words, moving the motion for more seal hunting.
Many South Africans slammed the move and called for a halt in seal hunting instead.
“Cape Fur Seals are a threatened species. They have suffered massive habitat loss and several mass die offs and should not be subjected to this annual slaughter. We ask the Namibia to stop the slaughter of Cape Fur Seals.”- Nyack Clancy
The cape seals are commercially targeted for their oils, body parts (genitals) and fur.
Their genitals are exported to the East where they are used to make ineffective sex potions for the Asian Market”.
According to an independent report by an Australian firm titled ‘The economics of seal hunting and seal watching in Namibia‘,
“Ecotourism can yield THREE HUNDRED % more revenue than the slaughter. It will create a wealth of job opportunities all year round in which there is scope for skills development and training. It will also support subsidiary micro industries.”