|Friday, August 19, 2005|
Help Save the Cape Fur Seals!
Captain Watson on Francois Hugo of Seal Alert-SA: One of the rarest things among people are those who have forged a bond with another species. It is such people that I admire and respect most for they have shaken loose the bonds of anthropcentrism and they have pierced that mysterious but familiar veil that separates us from the other wondrous species that share this incredible planet with us.
MESSAGE FROM FRANCOIS HUGO OF SEAL ALERT - SOUTH AFRICA:
Sea Shepherd invites you to watch these inspirational slide shows* that Francois created. You will see firsthand what an excellent job he
*If you don't have Power Point on your computer, click here to download a Power Point viewer.
SEA SHEPHERD ENCOURAGES YOU TO SEND A DONATION TODAY TO
To mail a donation directly to Seal Alert-SA: SEAL ALERT-SA BOX 221 POSTNET HOUT BAY 7872 HEREWITH IS FURTHER DETAILS FOR BANK TRANSFERS:PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION:
Canadian Voice For Animals has pledged to help Francois in his mission. They have given him space on their website and are facilitating and promoting the petition to save the Cape fur seals. Below is a message from Earle Bingley of Canadian Voice for Animals:
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE CAPE FUR SEAL ISSUE:
In the Republic of South Africa, the Cape Fur Seals are considered "res nullius," meaning they have no owner, and therefore, they have no animal rights protection, as they are not considered Sentient Beings.
Along the eastern coastline of South Africa, around the tip of Africa, and up along the west coast of South Africa, Namibia, and Angola, a range of over 4000 kilometres (approximately 2,500 miles). One of the most productive fisheries exist, it is here also where Cape Fur Seals breed, for decades a war has raged between fishermen and these warm and loving creatures.
Because of antiquated laws, (one-sided laws), fishermen are allowed to carry weapons and explosives on their fishing trips for fear of piracy -- "A euphemistic phrase to cover up the daily slaughter of innocent seals." Sadly, the only targets in these oceans of strife are the seals.
The Cape fur seal has been a protected species since 1973 under the Sea-bird and Seal Protection Act (Act 46 of 1973) but, ironically, this act was never written to protect them, instead its purpose was to control who killed them commercially. South Africa only suspended culling and clubbing of the seals in 1990. After their independence, Namibia has continued to club 60,000 baby 8-month old seals and shoot 7,000 bulls for their penises.
It is the aim of Seal Alert South Africa, and a host of other organizations, (including Canadian Voice for Animals, Action Against Poisoning, Seals-Turkey, and IFAW to name just a few), to create an electronic lobby of 30,000 world citizens and present this petition to The Honourable Minister Martinus Van Schalkwyk of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism of South Africa, and persuade the DEAT, to carry out the existing laws and to introduce more effective Seal Protection Laws to the
The South African Seals that have been in existence for five million years are slowly disappearing, from their offshore islands, and if the slaughter is not curbed soon, there will be no Fur seals - period. In the last decade, seals have declined by over 50%, and are currently experiencing, (above the illegal fishermen killing), the biggest mass death by starvation of seals the world has ever experienced.
We humbly and desperately ask all who see this lobby petition to sign it and pass it along to all of whom you might be acquainted.
For the Seals, I am,
Also, please visit Sea Shepherd's 05/2004 report on Seal Alert-SA.