04 Jul '13, 10am

Seal Clubbing in Namibia: Shocking footage just released - News - The Ecologist

Seal Clubbing in Namibia: Shocking footage just released - News - The Ecologist

This graphic and upsetting film, shot in 2011 but only just released by Earthrace Conservation, shows sealers clubbing Cape fur seals to death in a nature reserve. The footage has been presented to the country's government, but a request by animal protection groups to ban the practice has been ignored. Release of the footage, taken by conservation group Earthrace Conservation , coincides with the start of this year's seal cull which is expected to kill 80-90,000 seal pups and up to 6,000 bulls. Campaigners say the seals are killed in order to sell their fat and fur, while the government has previously said they are killed to protect fish stocks - it says they consume 700,000 metric tons of fish annually. The Netherlands-based conservation group called on the Namibian government to stop the cull, saying that a ban in neighbouring South Africa in 1990 had no economic impact ...

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