12 Apr '12, 12am

Namibia's seal hunt sparks calls for tourism boycott - The Ecologist

Namibia's seal hunt sparks calls for tourism boycott - The Ecologist

Activists are calling for an international boycott of Namibia's tourism and export products to bring about an end to the country's annual seal cull, due to begin in the next few months. Although less well-known than the Canadian cull, the Namibian seal cull is just as controversial. More than 85,000 baby seals are clubbed to death every year away from the view of tourists and a further 6,000 adult seals are also killed, according to campaigners. An Ecologist Film Unit journalist and an independent cameraman were attacked in 2009 while trying to film the slaughter of the seals in the Cape Cross Seal Reserve in northern Namibia . The new campaign comes after an official meeting with Namibia's Ombudsman failed to change the Ministry of Fisheries' stance towards their annual slaughter of 91,000 Cape Fur seals. The government has claimed in the past that seals consume more than...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1304083/na...

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