El asesinato anual de leones marinos bebé en Namibia
Este año el gobierno de Namibia ha autorizado la masacre de unas 85,000 crías de leones maribos del Cabo, el asesinato se repite año a año
The annual commercial seal harvesting season in Namibia officially began on July 1 with a quota of 85 000 pups due to be clubbed to death and 6 000 bulls to be shot on the country's coast.
El lobo marino del Cabo, o sudafricano (A. p. pusillus), es una de las subespecies geográficamente diferentes pero con pocas diferencias del Arctocephalus pusillus. La otra es el lobo marino australiano (A. p. doriferus) del sureste de Australia, Tasmania y la Nueva Gales del Sur.
El lobo marino del Cabo se encuentra a lo largo de las costas de Sudáfrica y Namibia, desde Cape Cross, hacia el Sur hasta la Península del Cabo y hacia el Este, hacia la Bahía de Algoa y Black Rocks, Provincia del Cabo y Sudáfrica. Los lobos marinos del Cabo no son migratorios, sino que se mueven en su área. Se encuentran en grupos de 15 individuos y pueden observarse en grandes grupos viajando a nado rápido cerca de sus colonias.
Las hembras llegan a su madurez sexual de los tres a los seis años de edad y los machos la alcanzan a los cinco años, aunque probablemente no se apareen sino hasta los nueve o doce años. Las crías nacen desde finales de octubre hasta principios de enero. La temporada de mayor número de nacimientos es en la primera semana de diciembre, con cierta variación entre las colonias. Por lo general a las crías se les desteta alrededor de los 12 meses, aunque a algunas se les llega a amamantar hasta el segundo o tercer año.
La dieta de los lobos marinos del Cabo varía según la temporada y la disponibilidad, e incluye peces pelágicos formadores de cardúmenes, como jurel, sardina arenque, merluza y macarela, así como calamar y jibia.
En 1990 se calculaba que la población de lobos marinos era de aproximadamente dos millones de ejemplares.
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Protest Against Namibian Seal Slaughter
Fur Free was established in February 2009 with the following dual mission:
Forming an integral part of the above mission is our opposition to the annual slaughter of seals in Namibia, which is not only ecologically unjustifiable but also entails cruel suffering for the defenceless animals concerned.
Now we call upon each and every person who wants to put a stop to this to join us in this fight against cruelty!
On Saturday the 17 July 2010 we will be joining forces with other organisations to protest against this senseless and inhumane massacre.
The island provides ample space for a large number of people, and we plan to make the protest as striking and visually hard-hitting as possible. Apart from the usual placards and banners, a number of people will also represent blood-spattered seals and others will be "clubbers", etc. We will also be using drums for greater effect.
The following facts and figures have been provided by Fur Free's Campaigns Coordinator Nikki Botha, who is also a founding member of Seal Alert SA:
Despite what the Namibian authorities might claim, the annual "culling" of the Cape Fur seal is not about conservation. It is purely about politics. The kill quota has been set for 85 000 pups and 6 000 bulls for the next three years. This is not 91 000 animals over three years, this is 91 000 animals each year for three years rolling. In the past concessionnairies have admitted that there simply are not enough animals to kill and they seldom meet their quota. Yet the Namibian authorities insist in increasing the number of animals which are allowed to be killed.
In 2007, organisations met with the Namibian Prime Minister to discuss alternatives to the killing and how these alternatives can generate larger revenue for the country and create community based sustainable projects. These suggestions were rejected and three years later, Namibia is still insisting on killing the Cape Fur seal which is a protected species. When two brave journalists dared to film the killing last year, they were assaulted by the "cullers" in full view of police, thrown in jail and prosecuted. It is illegal to film or capture the killing, but breaking their own laws is perfectly acceptable. What the authorities did not know, is that some of the footage was smuggled out of the country and released to the world. The footage clearly shows that the killing is in contravention of the guidelines in Namibia’s Marine Resources Act. Again, despite this evidence, welfare organisations with locus standi in Namibia couldn’t be bothered to take the issue to court. As the Namibian authorities once said so eloquently – we do not take kindly to former colonialists telling us how to run our country.
Namibia is the only country in the Southern Hemisphere to harvest seals, and is the only country in the world to harvest nursing seal pups. EFSA was commissioned by the European Commission to scientifically analyse and assess the killing in terms of animal welfare. The report was damning – killing methods were not humane, and unnecessary pain, suffering and cruelty occured. After the report, Russia ended its commercial seal hunt and banned the killing of seal under the age of one. Furthermore, the EU implanted and adopted a ban on all seal product imports – this would include seal products from Namibia.
Namibia, hell-bent on continuing the killing, signed a 5-year exclusive deal with a Turkish businessman residing in Australia, Hatem Yavuz. Yavuz exports the seal pup pelts to Turkey where the pelt are processed and sold.
In Canada, seal pups found on ice floes are either shot from a boat, or killed by a hunter using a hakapik. Cape Fur seal pups are rounded up in their dense breeding colonies and beaten (clubbed) by untrained seasonal workers using crude wooden clubs. Cananda’s seal pups are far less agile than their Namibian counterparts. This makes the accurate stunning of a moving target rather difficult and causes ineffective stunning which in turn causes an immense amount of trauma, cruelty and suffering to the juvenile animal. More than often the animals are conscious or regain consciousness while bleeding out occurs.
Namibia simply couldn’t care. And while all this suffering continues, one man is laughing all the way to the bank.
People who can be contacted about the protest:
Nikki Botha (Fur Free and Seal Alert): 084 688 7344
Malcolm Allison firstname.lastname@example.org