16 Nov '11, 8pm

Namibia's Annual Seal Slaughter | Care2 Causes

Namibia's Annual Seal Slaughter | Care2 Causes

Many people know Namibia only as the place where Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s twin girls were born a few years ago. Most of them don’t know that this Southern African country is also the site of the world’s bloodiest annual seal hunt. The Skeleton Coast on Namibia’s rugged Atlantic coast is an inhospitable and arid area where some 700,000 Cape Fur Seals live in several colonies. Every year, the government sanctions the “harvesting” of thousands of these animals in a culling season that extends from July to November. With an allowable cull of 400,000 seals, Canada’s annual cull may be larger on paper, but this year “only” 38,000 seals were slaughtered there, while about 85,000 pups and 6,000 bulls were killed on Namibia’s beaches. At the government-owned Cape Cross Seal Reserve , the location of one of the world’s largest Cape Fur Seal colonies, the culling happens for an...

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