EU Commission Review on seal clubbing


Blood soaked sand
is all that remains of the Cape Cross Seal Colony


www.efsa.europa.eu/EFSA/Scientific_Opinion/sealswelfare.pdf
or go to

www.efsa.europa.eu/EFSA/News/ahaw_seals.pdf



ABOUT EFSA REPORT VIA ALLAFRICA.com
The Namibian (Windhoek)
3 January 2008
Posted to the web 3 January 2008


Meetingplace Palma - Italy
review of seal killing. 

NEWS:
EFSA TO LOOK INTO SEAL HUNTING PRACTICES

Following a request by the European Commission, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) is to prepare a scientific opinion on the methods for killing and skinning seals currently used in and outside the European Union. The aim is to measure, as far as is scientifically possible, the degree of pain, distress and suffering that may be caused by each method, and to identify the most humane practices.
www.oipa.org/hunting/campaign/canada/efsa.html
For more info go to: www.efsa.europa.eu/

Cape fur Seals help them

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From: Seal Alert-SA
To: oriol.ribo@efsa.europa.eu ; dorothee.convens-billerbeck@ec.europa.eu ; sabine.osaer@ec.europa.eu
Sent: Sunday, September 09, 2007 1:23 PM
Subject: Namibian Pup Seal Cull for EFSA to Consider for Review

Dear Dr Oriol Ribo,
 
     I understand that you are organizing the AHAW review on the scientific opinion on the animal welfare aspects of killing seals for the European Commission whose aim is to adopted its opinion by December 2007.


Meeting with the Namibian Prime Minister on 23 July 2007 to Discuss Seal Culling
 

     Seal Alert-SA is the leading expert on matters related to the Cape fur seals and the Namibian Seal Hunt. In this regard, I understand that World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) submitted a paper on the Namibian Seal Hunt. In further reference, I have just returned from a meeting with the Prime Minister Angula Nahas on July 23 and a follow-up scientific meeting with the Namibian Ministry of Fisheries to discuss these exact issues, I further understand the Namibian government is sending a delegation to the Review Meeting on 4 October in Italy. As such could you please accept and review the attached report and supporting documents, in order for the AHAW panel and EFSA to reach a scientific opinion on the killing of nursing seal pups in Namibia. The second largest seal hunt in the world, and the only country still harvesting nursing seal pups, in an annual quota which is 90% pup based.
 
    The annual commercial harvest or cull, 90% of which is nursing seal pups of the Cape fur seals in southern Africa was been on-going since 1902. Two independent veterinarian assessments in 1974 and a US Appeal court finding in 1977 found the harvest on nursing Cape fur seal pups to be inhumane, and as such as been banned from import into the US. A scientific opinion on the welfare aspects of killing young seal pups (nursing seal pups) has already been adopted by the Union European legislation banning young seal pup imports in 1983. 
 
    The report of Seal Alert-SA sets out to scientifically establish that Namibia is harvesting nursing seal pups, and then asks the AHAW panel and the EFSA to confirm its scientific opinion, that a ban on the Namibian seal harvest of nursing Cape fur seal pups, be recommended in line with the EEC Directive (EEC/83/129), and to include the harvesting of bull seals, primarily for the far east penis trade.
 
    In this regard the US and Mexico has maintained its ban on Cape fur seal imports, as has recently Belgium, Netherlands and Germany.
 
    Please click on link to view issues related to the Cape Cross Seal Colony in Namibia,
www.ecoeye.org/ecoeye/Film%20database/CF593352-3B8E-49EB-9029-C9D60D2A3A6A.html.
 
    Could you please advise whether I should submit further papers and it would be appreciated if I could be kept informed of the review panels decision.
 
For the Seals
Francois Hugo Seal Alert-SA
 
     


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PETITION


NANNY FRANCOIS
WE ARE THEIR VOICE

MID SEPT 07: www.wildlife-nannies.com episode 3

Remember the seals of Namibia
poem by MARIA DAINES received 30 June 07 & video

! FRANCOIS HUGO SEAL ALERT-SA AT WORK
WATCH AND ENJOY
!

See the seal play

CULLING VIDEO 1& CULLING VIDEO 2

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Telephone: +27-(0) 21-790 8774 to interview Mr. Francois Hugo

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go to personal maps -NAMIBIA WOLF BAY & ATLAS BAY FRANCOIS HUGO seal De Beers etc




OPEN LETTER August 15, 2007
to the Prime Minister of Namibia Mister Nahas Angula

Seal Alert-SA Exposes Namibia's
Sick Seal Trophy Hunting Business




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PLEASE PROTEST AGAINST THE ANNUAL SLAUGHTER
OF THE CAPE FUR SEALS IN NAMIBIA, SOUTH AFRICA



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! NAMIBIA 2007 !
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Blood soaked sand
is all that remains of the Cape Cross Seal Colony

67th Day into Namibia's baby seal cull
THERE ARE NO BABY SEALS TO BE KILLED

Seal Alert-SA, Press Release, August 21, 2007:
Seal Alert-SA's Review
of the Scientific Presentation

by Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources

ENDING THE NAMIBIAN BABY SEAL CULL
SEAL ALERT-SA MEETING 9th August 07 WITH FISHERIES MINISTER, FISHING INDUSTRY & SCIENTISTS

Dear All Cape Fur Seal Supporters,
 
      Below you will clearly see what Seal Alert-SA has been doing to save this species. Francois.


This Picture was taken
on 20th August 2005 at 10.35 at Cape Cross
 

      Namibian Travel agencies and scientists claim this is the largest Cape fur seal colony in southern Africa. Government then increased the pup quota in 2006 by 30%, and has awarded two sealing rights holders the right to club 50 000 pups a year on this colony for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, in which scientists claim 30% of pups born is a sustainable harvest.

 
These Pictures were taken
on the 10th August 2007 at 10.40 at Cape Cross
(2 years later on roughly the same day and time)
 

     Not a single seal to be found, less than 30 days into 139 day sealing season which started on July 1. This colony touted as the largest, is now extinct. (I have extreme close-up's as well). Sealing therefore cannot be sustainable as it causes extinction, like it did to all the offshore seal island colonies.

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