I wish to draw your attention to an event of unprecedented, diabolical cruelty currently taking place in Namibia.
80,000 Cape Fur seal pups, still nursing and dependent on their mother's teats, are being violently beaten to death with pick handles. A further 6,000 adult bull seals are scheduled to be shot at point blank range. The pups suffer this brutal death so that their fur pelts can be sold for a measly $7 dollars while the bulls are butchered so that their genitals can be used to make ineffective sex tonics for a seedy Asian adult entertainment market.
In 2011, leading conservation and welfare organizations, among them Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, IFAW, Seal Alert SA, The Seals of Nam, WSPA and the NSPCA, met with the country's ombudsman to discuss the legality of the methods used in the annual "harvest." After numerous protracted delays that smack of political interference, the ombudsman finally released a report on his findings. In this report, Adv. John Walters (the ombudsman) ruled that a seal is NOT an animal (because it is a wild animal) and is thus not subject to any protections afforded by the Animal Protection Act. The ombudsman also made several recommendations to the government regarding the hunt, none of which have been implemented.
The Namibian government claims the commercial seal hunt is done out of necessity and is a form of population control practiced in order to protect the country's fishing resources. Since gaining independence in 1990, Namibia increased its annual fisheries harvest from 300,000 to 600,000 tons. There are no publicly available records to show that an impact assessment was undertaken to warrant such a drastic increase.