Ban on fur import Cape Fur Seals 1 July 2009 in The Netherlands   :

Ban on fur import Cape Fur Seals    
The Dutch organization "Bont voor Dieren" (Fur for Animals) is pleased by the new fur ban

The Dutch "Ministerie van LNV" (Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Fisheries) has announced that as of 1 July 2009 a new ban on import and trade of fur and other products of Cape Fur Seals will be in force. Bont voor Dieren has launched actions for this ban and it is pleased by reaching that goal at last. 
The Cape Fur Seal hunt takes place on the beaches of Namibia. 
Second to the Canadian seal hunt this is the biggest annual seal massacre on earth. 
Annually an average of 80,000 seals are culled and shot for their furs. Since last year The Netherlands already had a legal ban on the products of hooded seals and harp seals who are especially hunted large scale in Canada.

Manager of Bont voor Dieren, Claudia Linssen: 'Bont voor Dieren is very pleased that finally a ban is announced on the fur and other products of Cap Fur Seals. The hunt on these animals is totally redundant and awfully cruel on top of that. The furs of the Cape Fur Seals are intended for the international catwalks.'

When last year a ban on hooded seal and harp seal products came in force Bont voor Dieren successfully urged the then Minister Veerman of LNV to close the borders for the furs of Cape Fur Seals as well. 
On 1 July 2009 this ban will finally come into force.

Bont voor Dieren considers it a good sign that a fur ban is added to the current list. The Netherlands already has a breeding ban on foxes and chinchilla's. Furthermore as of 31 December 2008 a European ban on dog and cat furs will be in force. Moreover, shortly the Parliament will study a proposal on the legal ban of mink breeding.


    DN 15/12/2008
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"Thank You, Thank You - Seals Are Outside and Free !"

Subject: Thank You, Thank You - Seals Are Outside and Free !
Date: December 2, 2008

Dear All,
      Just to let you know the outside seal rehab is nearing completion. As you will see from pics below, things are going great. The outside area has been fenced, and the pups introduced to their new home. The seals love their new freedom, for the past 12 months they have lived within four walls and never experienced the open sea. The pups sleep in the baby puppery at night. Mumkin my pup raised 3 years ago, has also moved into the "Centre Seal Colony", as has a Namibian pup, (see pic sleeping outside the centre).
      The nursery is a little too cold, so I am hurriedly install a roof to keep the wind chill factor down and adding overhead heaters. After this it is floodlights and CCTV cameras, and then its complete, except I plan to add a wood trim around pools and on top of fencing.
      This years babies have started washing off their inappropriate rocks (banned from large islands), one baby was pup down by the SPCA before I could get there, another from Lambert's Bay, 300km away, was too premature and died after 4 days. Our third baby, less than 4 hours old, with umbrical cord still attached, very small, appears to be doing well, and is named "Hugie", amazingly Jose, my epileptic pup from last year, has decided to assist in the baby's rehab and although a male, allows the baby to suckle on his fur, ears and neck.
      Work has already started on the main building revamping and painting and I plan to redo both internal pools.
      Fish costs have gone through the roof and very scarce, and its difficult as I am buying over 2 tons of fish monthly, and over a ton of mineral water. I managed to sell over 150 seal statues last month, and this has helped provide additional funding. Our latest Namibian pup rescued, that fled the killing fields has adopted the centre, and now goes swimming in the sea. Jerry, our pup rescued from Elands Bay (250km away), has been the first to go down the steps and swim in the open ocean. My first bull, has returned from his mating season, full of "battle scars".
      Each year, I try to rescue at least one baby from each of the 9 offshore seal colonies around South Africa, as I believe each colony has separate gene pools.
      I see really great things happening at the centre in 2009. Some other seal news, at the Seal Clubbing colony at Cape Cross in Namibia, one seal attacked two surfers in the water, and they required hundred stitches, and on the other side of Africa (the eastern most seal colony), lighthouse keepers had to be evacuated, as big seas was washing over the island, the seal colony nearby known as black rocks, was completely submerged. Clearly all the babies would have drowned that were born there.
     The seals have a great new home and freedom. Soon I will remove the bolt-on fences, as well.
      Speak soon, Francois.

9 babies from last year enjoy new outside pool - Namibian seal pup waiting outside gate
pups sleeping area at night
Our latest rescue - suckling on Jose's ear
Jerry with two other seals experience the freedom of the open sea for the first time beneath the centre - An old bull returns from mating season