Namibia in seal clubbing row

2011-05-16 12:44

Johannesburg - An animal rights group on Monday called for Namibia to withdraw its team from the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in September.

The Seals of Nam hoped a withdrawal would draw some attention to the killing of seals on the Namibian coast.

"We are making a formal request to the IRB to drop all Namibian fixtures from the World Cup," it said in a statement, which was apparently also sent to the International Rugby Board (IRB) and the SA Rugby Union.

"We are also appealing to the teams from South Africa, Wales and Fiji to show solidarity in this regard and publicly denounce the annual slaughter."

This is the third straight year in which the Namibian fisheries ministry has set a quota to cull over 90 000 endangered Cape Fur seals.

According to the animal rights group 85 000 baby seals are beaten to death at Cape Cross and Atlas Bay in Namibia, and 6 000 bulls shot.

The Southern African nation is one of only five in the world that kills seals.

A number of international animal rights groups, including the United Kingdom-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have condemned Namibia's annual culling of the endangered species. The Seals of Nam has called for the international community to boycott Namibian exports in protest.

According to PETA's website, the motivation behind the culling is increased demand for baby seal fur.

The Namibian team, who are unlikely to reach the World Cup playoffs, are set to play three pool matches at the global showpiece, against Wales, South Africa and Fiji.


  • watalife - 2011-05-16 12:55

    Very sad story ....Dont ever mix Rugby,Politic's or Religion, You will end up with a very sour mix called absa ask Mrs Ramos....haha

      Marcel Verster - 2011-05-16 14:15

      Club sandwiches... Not seals...

  • nic69ers - 2011-05-16 13:04

    So why must the Nam rugby team suffer..?? I think you chould send them, they are gonna get THUMPED even worse and be humiliated!! SEND THEM!!

  • Anneleen - 2011-05-16 13:10

    Seal clubbing sucks!!!!! Instead of punishing the Namibian rugby team, should't it be directed to the Namibian Fisheries?

      watalife - 2011-05-16 13:56

      Is this meat not be shipped to the East again?????

  • JimbOb - 2011-05-16 13:23

    Regardless of whether Namibia get beaten or not- unless the team actively participates in the seal killing, why should those players miss out on an opportunity which will probably only come around once in a lifetime. Also, the write of this article does not state the reason for the culling, nor any statement whatsoever from the Namibian wildlife association or government. Animal rights activists are very quick to jump on their high horses, without checking whether an overpopulation of seals is causing damage to other ecosystems in the area. If they are clubbing seals for sport, or to make space for a hotel, then there is a problem with it.

      Swael - 2011-05-16 14:40

      good point. I am not for the clubbing of seals at all, but the cape cross population is very big - I have been there a number of times nad the amount of seals is astoneshing (thousands) - makes me think of durban main beach on new years day... hehe

      StJohn - 2011-05-17 09:37

      Perhaps investigate before you sprout nonsense! The seals cause NO damage to fishing or the like. This is just a way to make easy money (and not that much of it actually) - when MUCH easier money (and loads of it) could be made from tourism to see the seals. South Africa banned clubbing because it was proven not to be detrimental to fishing industry.

      Bento - 2011-05-17 10:27

      JimbOb - NOTHING CAN JUSTIFY THE BRUTAL SLAUGHTER OF SENTIENT BEINGS. I suppose you'd OK the clubbing to death of people if there were a human overpopulation (which there definitely is!!) I THOUGHT NOT! Anyone who can think it's ok to torture a sentient being is a psychopath - and unfortunately, too many humans fall into that category. The Namibian seal clubbers are Nazis, nothing less - and Namibia needs to be targeted in any shape or form. Boycott Namibian beer, fish products, diamonds -- any damn thing! THIS SENSELESS SLAUGHTER IS BRUTAL AND NEEDS TO BE STOPPED. I don't give a damn what the 'ostensible' reason is -- and certainly killing a baby seal for its fur IS PSYCHOTIC. BOYCOTT NAMIBIA AND ITS STUPID BUREAUCRATS.

      Prime104 - 2011-05-17 11:15

      Bento - Firstly, every year thousands of baby seals are aborted by their mothers because there is not enough food to support the huge seal population in Namibia, sounds weird but true. So either way a lot of seals are not gonna make it. Secondly, the seal population has been on the increase since culling started. You say psychotic, maybe yes, but a lot of people are able to go home and feed their families with monies they earned from the cull.

  • kingswing69 - 2011-05-16 13:29

    whats has rugby got to do with this article

  • Kalanamia - 2011-05-16 13:30

    Wow.. Endangered Cape Fur seals my ass. I do not condone the way the people kill the seals but they need to control numbers. These people should find another way to kill them. I wonder what these people will do if they come to the farms and see how we slaughter karakul lamb.

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-16 15:53

      Tell us?

      Bento - 2011-05-17 10:29

      Just because you are a brutal killer of poor innocent lambs doesn't make any slaughter justifiable. Most humans are psychopaths, unfortunately. Nazi Germany was just an extension of our regular treatment of animals. Is this the kind of person you want to be? No wonder there is no peace in the world.

      Kalanamia - 2011-05-17 12:26

      So tell me Bento, do you eat any type of meat? That lamb enable me to put food on the table for my family and so for the guy who slaughter it. So its nothing for a jackal to catch one of the lambs, suck out the crap from its tummy and leave the rest of the meat to rot. That what happen with thousands and thousands of seals. They die of hunger and rot in the sun. What a waste of income for people.

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-17 13:54

      You still haven't told us about all the wonderfull things that are done to Lambs and the ewes. Ashamed? If so, good fro you.

  • Wynand - 2011-05-16 13:40

    Rugby & politics - DONT MIX IT!!!!!

  • Dave - 2011-05-16 13:40

    You ppl either were not around when the world boycotted us for the apartheid policies in this country, virtually every sport was boycotted, the results were effective, that is what this is about, they should implement boycotts on everything Namibian, savage barbaric and cruel, wtf is wrong with humanity??

      watalife - 2011-05-16 13:53

      Ditto, Is the meat shipped out to the East again?

  • Gorilla - 2011-05-16 13:41

    These seals are not even close to being endangered - but lets not let facts get in the way of a good story.

      Patrick Dickens - 2011-05-16 15:49

      The seals are endangered. They are listed on appendix 2 of CITES. 90% of their natural breeding grounds have been wiped out.

      Bento - 2011-05-17 10:38

      Nor are you, idiot. Does that mean you are fair game for clubbing?

  • ZandbergJans - 2011-05-16 13:58

    Get real! Endangered? What a joke! Ask the people of the West Coast what impact these seals have on the local fish populations and on the whole local fishing industry as well as coastal bird numbers. You do know where chicken, beef and lamb actually comes from and what the killing methods are?! Not really much different to a well aimed and practised blow to the old nutter!

      Kalanamia - 2011-05-16 14:04

      My point exactly. Although they must get another way of killing them.

      The ABG - 2011-05-16 14:30

      So you are blaming the collapse of the fishing off the West Coast on the Seals? I suppose it has nothing to do with over exploitation by Man?

      Patrick Dickens - 2011-05-16 15:52

      Since independence, Namibia increased its fishing harvest from 300 000 tons to 600 000 tons. As a direct result, up to half a million seals died of starvation. This is the largest die off of any marine mammal in recorded history.

      Bento - 2011-05-17 10:34

      Read the response by Patrick Dickens. The decrease in the fish population is AND ALWAYS IS the result of HUMAN OVERFISHING AND HUMAN GREED. SEALS HAVE NEVER DECIMATED THE OCEANS IN THE WAY THAT HUMANS DO. SO THIS CLAIM THAT SEALS EAT ALL TH E FISH IS BOLLOCKS -- once again stupid bureaucrats are trying to divert attention from their incompetence, just as with Canada. Why is the seal hunt going on? Very simply because it can - because the Namibian officials are stupid greedy idiots who love the idea of beating an innocent animal to death. They are Nazis, nothing less. And anyone who can eat chicken, cows or baby lambs is just as disturbed as the seal eaters. Humans are really just a species of zombies, feeding off dead and rotting carcases. No wonder there is so much violence in the world -- people like you, ZJ, are part of the problem. Your views on the slaughter of animals tells much more than you think about your depraved soul.

  • Corra - 2011-05-16 14:06

    Clubbing is an inhumane way of killing them yes, but who has ever been there or seen the amount of seals??? Seals are so much now they dying because of lack of food ”fish”, they are now more than what they have ever been in History according to the locals. There used to be wild animals that hunted these seals and kept the populations low, the wild dogs and wolves almost don’t exist anymore and that is why the seal populations are out of control. Don’t be blind people - see both ends of the story.

      Bento - 2011-05-17 10:36

      Corra, you don't know what you are talking about. There is no over-population of seals, but an over-population of people, who overfish and as a result the seals have been dying of starvation. Wild dogs and wolves are not marine predators! Your post shows once again the strong link between cruelty and stupidity. If only most humans would take themselves out of the gene pool.

  • kameeldoring - 2011-05-16 14:08

    Wat de ....r

      kameeldoring - 2011-05-16 14:25

      As n Namibier en Namibiese hengelaar, moet ons die robbe se getalle in toom hou. Die robbe aan ons kus het nie natuurlike "predators" nie. Daar is wel Bronzies maar omdat ons water te koud is, is hulle nie agresief soos die van die Kaap nie. In 1975 tot 1985 was ons rob getalle 600 000 tot 900 000 aan ons kus van, 1995 tot 2005 het dit gesyg tot 3 miljoen en in 2010 was die getalle ± 5miljoen robbe aan ons kus. N rob vreet 2 tot 4 kg vis per dag, en hy vreet ook net die lekker deel en die res van die vis gaan verlore, gaan doen die som en sien hoeveel ton vis vreet 5mil robbe per dag en hoeveel word gemors, die wat hulle net vrek byt. Ons is n klein land met n populasie van 1.7mil mense en is afhanklik van toeruste wat kom hengel langs ons kus. Daar is nou net nie meer genoeg vis oor vir ons en die robbe nie en toerusme neem af. Baie robbe vrek ook a.gv. te min kos vir hulle. Die grootste rob kollonies is by al die broei plekke van ons vis langs ons kus. Die rob getalle moet strenger beheer word anders sal daar leterlik niks meer vis oorbly langs ons kus nie. En rob vel velskoene dra baie lekker en is regtig baie gemaklik, kom toets maar self.

  • The ABG - 2011-05-16 14:15

    Watch this and tell me you are proud to be a human being. Tell me how important your rugby is to you? Are are scared that these bunny huggers might disrupt the world cup and inconvenience YOU. Watch from 0:50 if you are impatient. Pity you guys missed the show 50|50 did a while back. You could have seen the full story with all the lies debunked. This is a sick and unnecessary practice which should be exposed.

  • andy211 - 2011-05-16 14:29

    humans are also over polpulating, screwing up the world, so lets do the humane thing....

      Corra - 2011-05-16 17:04

      Human Overpopulation is n LIE!! "The world is NOT over-populated. More than 97% of the land surface on Earth is empty.... Yes, certain cities are over-populated, of course. Yet the entire population of the world could fit inside the state of Arkansas. So, then, how is the world 'over-populated'? Europe and Japan will be facing under-population crises in the coming decades, even according to UN studies on population." -- Anthony C. LoBaido

  • andy211 - 2011-05-16 14:31

    humans are over populating, destroying.... but lets be humane about it hey.....

  • GT - 2011-05-16 14:42

    90,000 pr year harvested... they are NOT endangered anyway - namibia is going to be clubbed at the RWC, so even stevens

      kameeldoring - 2011-05-16 14:46 will the bokkies.

  • - 2011-05-16 15:03

    Does the Namibian Rugby team participate in these acts?

  • Fred - 2011-05-16 15:25

    I'm not for seal clubbing but I don't see you asking the IRB to ban Canada for clubbing seals or shooting Narwhals, nor Japan for blowing up whales, why pick out Namibia? because you believe they're an easy target? Be fair, ban all the murders.

      kameeldoring - 2011-05-16 17:38

      Then there won't be a RWC!

  • Patrick Dickens - 2011-05-16 16:03

    If you want solid facts, population statistics, legal opinions, footage, photos, which organizations are involved, petitions, international news articles, how the boycott is being coordinated etc refer to the website Making unsubstantiated claims that the seals are responsible for a decline in fishing stocks just goes to show your level of ignorance. This annual slaughter employs less than 81 people and even then only seasonally on a four month basis.

      kameeldoring - 2011-05-16 16:43


      StJohn - 2011-05-17 09:44

      Patrick - you are a legend! Of everyone on this site - you are the only one who knows what he's talking about! I follow you and your exploits religiously and we have a few people in common. Hats off to you mate!

  • Kate - 2011-05-16 17:58

    The slaughter of seals was the reason I became involved in animal welfare......stop killing these beautiful animals. I say boycott Namibian exports and ban them from the Rugby World Cup.....they have too much blood on their hands.

  • Mina - 2011-05-16 20:16

    It is a fact....last year 85,000 seal puppies were brutally clubbed....Rugby and animal activism can go together...when rugby is the national sport of a country that, annually, is guilty of an animal, brutal massacre then we have to take action! Have you ever witnessed the puppy seal slaughtering? I urge you to look at some videos...

  • AntiGerman - 2011-05-16 22:11

    So lets say the seals are allowed to multiply freely, eventually they will eat up all the fish, then they will start to die of starvation. So in the end there will be no more fish and no more seals either, wich will be an ecological disaster that can never be reversed. Is this what you want to see happen? and you call yourselves animal activists, pathetic

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