Cape fur seals Photo: Hoberman/Universal Images Group/Getty images
Namibian clubbers killing Cape fur seal pups. Photo: Earthrace

Send a letter to Namibia’s government officials asking them to end the Cape fur seal massacre.

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Pres. Hage Geingob, No. 1 Engelberg Street Auasblick, Windhoek, +264 61 270 7111,,, @DrHageGeingob

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa, P/Bag: 13338, Windhoek, +264-61-287 2002

Immanuel Ngatjizeko, Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, +264 61 283 7334,

Pohamba Shifeta, Minister of Environment and Tourism, P/Bag 13306, Windhoek, +264-61 2842111, Directorate of Wildlife and National Parks +264 61 284 2518

Bernhard Esau, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Private Bag 13355 / Brendan Simbwaye Square, Block C, Windhoek, +264 61 2053911, @EsauMin

Dr. Moses Maurihungirire, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources

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I am shocked that the Namibian government is promoting the brutal, senseless slaughter of Cape fur seal pups and bulls. The pups are so young, they are still nursing. They are separated from their mothers and killed in front of each other and near their mothers. This cruelty is completely unacceptable. I have seen the sickening images and videos of this horrifying massacre and have forwarded this information to everyone I know.

Cape fur seals have three suffered mass die-offs over the past decade – in part due to Namibia’s reckless over-fishing. Namibia needs to realize that the oceans are in peril, and fishermen around the world are having a harder time catching fish not because of seals, whose populations are quite stable, but largely because of over-fishing, illegal fishing (even beyond the excessive quotas), and destructive fishing practices that damage fish habitat and breeding grounds and create huge amounts of by-catch.

These problems must be addressed by Namibia if Namibia wants to protect fisheries. Killing seals will not yield the desired results. South Africa stopped killing seals years ago. Its fisheries have not suffered due to the continued presence of Cape fur seals. Namibia must now follow suit and ban this violent practice.

As a caring person, I will boycott tourism in Namibia and products from Namibia, especially Namibia’s hake. I will also tell everyone I know to do the same.

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