The images presented in the
following program are highly sensitive and may be as disturbing to
viewers as they are to us. However, we need to show the truth about
HOST: Caring, concerned viewers, welcome
to Animal World: Our Co-Inhabitants. Today’s Stop Animal Cruelty
program will examine the annual massacre or 『cull』 of Cape Fur Seals in
the southern African nation of Namibia.
These seals are
classified as an endangered species according to the Convention in
Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
cull, or destruction of seals to reduce their population, recently made
worldwide headlines as the rescue organization Seal Alert SA (South
Africa) offered to buy out the entire Namibian seal industry and thus
effectively end this vicious practice.
The offer was made before the start of the ２００９ seal culling season, which extends from July １ to November １５.
US$１４ million was needed to be raised to make stopping the violence
forever a reality, Supreme Master Ching Hai, hearing of this noble
endeavor, lovingly pledged US$２００,０００ towards the effort on June ２９,
Soon after, the cull was delayed until July １５, ２００９ for
further negotiations between Seal Alert South Africa and the industry.
Currently the organization is still working hard to raise sufficient
funds for the purchase.
By law, up to ８５,０００ baby pups and ６,０００ adult males known as bulls may be killed during this bloody period.
amazingly, the ８５,０００ limit exceeds by approximately １８,０００ the number
of seal pups alive on July １ and thus annihilates all living pups in
Before we continue, let’s learn more about the
gentle, intelligent Cape Fur Seal from Seal Alert South Africa founder
Mr. Francois Hugo, who has compassionately spent the past １０ years
rescuing, protecting and caring for these precious animals.
For more details on Seal Alert SA's rescue efforts, please visit sealalertsa.wordpress.com
Or contact Francois Hugo at firstname.lastname@example.org