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From: SealAlert-SA
Date: 07/31/06 07:50:24

Subject: International Doctors - Call for an end to the Namibian Seal Cull
Dear All, a reply from Mr Mokati of the UN FAO - Francois.
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From: SealAlert-SA
To: FAO-NA@fao.org ; sara.cortes@undp.org
Sent: Monday, July 31, 2006 4:38 PM
Subject: Re: International Doctors - Call for an end to the Namibian Seal Cull

Dear Mr Mokati,
Thank you for your prompt reply. I will forward your reply onto Doctors International. I attach a letter from HSUS as well.
Please if possible include the welfare issues of the Cape fur seals, who are protected under South African legislation and with the UN CITES - most importantly as this species of seals migrates between South Africa and Namibia - its genocidal harvest of its baby nursing pups and its shooting of its bulls, is therefore equally a constitutional issue to us South Africans - as it now affects their conservation.
Please note no protective gloves or face masks
As informed, did your workshop discuss the Sanitary legislation and possible disease transmission in these two sealing factories in Namibia.
Finally - I trust you are aware of the mass die-off's in 1988, 1994, 1995, 2000 and 2001. Visually it appeared as if starvation was the cause, but as you can see, the jackals and hyenas which predominately prey on the mainland seal colonies (when 98% of the seals former island colonies remain extinct) are infected with air-borne carried diseases - whose by-symptom is starvation..
Jackals can carry rabies and their close family units plus their aggressive response to intruders means that rabies is easily spread through the Jackal population.  Jackals are responsible for a significant percentage (20-30%) of recorded rabies cases in Africa.  Jackals can also carry Canine Distemper Virus, and Canine parvovirus - diseases that also affect lions and African wild dogs, and which can be transmitted to domestic animals.  This risk of disease transmission is another reason why Jackals are disliked and persecuted by many farmers - taken from the Predator Conservation Trust.
I also refer you to the CITES 2004 Animal Committee Meeting and their chart of exports - noting that possibly diseased carcasses are being exported from Namibia without health certification and in contravention of CITES as there has been no legal exports - to the livestock and pet-food industry. I understand CITES has already placed Namibia on a "Review of Significant Trade" with in effect should ban all wildlife exports.
Could you please give me your comments on review.
For the Seals
Francois Hugo Seal Alert-SA
27-21-790 8774
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From: FAO Namibia
To: 'SealAlert-SA'
Cc: sara.cortes@undp.org ; FAO-NA@fao.org
Sent: Monday, July 31, 2006 2:58 PM
Subject: RE: International Doctors - Call for an end to the Namibian Seal Cull

Dear Mr. Hugo,


The scope of the recent workshop held in Namibia addressed the assistance to Namibia within the framework of Sanitary and Phytosanitary legislation.  During the workshop there were calls to include Animal Welfare within the drafts which were being discussed.  We are discussing the animal welfare issue with government to see how we can assist.



Moeketsi Mokati

FAO Representative, Namibia



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From: SealAlert-SA [mailto:sasealion@wam.co.za]
Sent: 26 July 2006 15:10
To: sara.cortes@undp.org; FAO-NA@fao.org
Subject: International Doctors - Call for an end to the Namibian Seal Cull


To Mr. Mr Moeketsi Mokati UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Namibia

Subject: Namibian Seal Cull - How does it fit into Namibia's new Animal Welfare Laws ?

Attention : Mr Moeketsi Mokati UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Namibia.
CC : Communication Officer : Sara Cortes sara.cortes@undp.org
Dear Sir,

International Doctors - Call for end to Namibian Cull


     General Secretary Massimo Pradella of International Doctors - LIMAV and just forwarded me their letter of total support and requests the Minister of Fisheries to end this barbaric and economically unnecessary practice as soon as possible.


Letter attached.


For the Seals

Francois Hugo Seal Alert-SA

021-790 8774