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Tell South Africa to stop importing marine mammal products. (seal skins etc)

Tell South Africa to stop importing marine mammal products. (seal skins etc)

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This petition has been created by Pat D. and may not represent the views of the Avaaz community.
Pat D.
started this petition to
President Jacob Zuma,
Dr. Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry,
Ms. Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries,
Ms. Bomo Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs.

Namibia is responsible for the largest slaughter of wildlife in Africa. 80 000 seal pups will be violently beaten to death for their fur pelts while 6 000 adult bulls will be shot for their genitals which are made into sex potions for the East.

The Cape Fur seal is under threat from global warming. It has suffered a 95% loss of preferred habitat and has barely scraped through 6 major mass die-offs since 1990.

The 27 nations of the EU, Russia, Mexico, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the USA and recently Taiwan have ALL banned the import of seal derived products based on the inherent cruelty involved.

Since these markets have been shut down, Namibia is turning to new markets such as South Africa in which to ply her gruesome trade.

Working in collaboration with several other organizations, we believe that with YOUR support, we can use this petition to persuade the government of South Africa to become the first African country to ban the import and export of products derived from marine mammals.

This would catapult South Africa's reputation as a world leader in conservation and effectively shut down another market for what is undoubtedly one of the cruelest industries on earth.

This initiative has been endorsed by the following organizations:

IFAW, The Humane Society, Fur Free SA, NSPCA, EarthRace Conservation, Sea Shepherd, WSPA, HarpSeals.org, Animal Alliance Canada, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Seal Conservation Society, Seal Protection Action Group, Earth Island Institute, The Seals Of Nam

The proposal also has the backing of the following scientists who are regarded as leaders in their field

Dr. Àlex Aguilar Vila, Full Professor, Vertebrates Unit, Department of Animal Biology, University of Barcelona, Spain

Prof. Rob Harcourt, Professor of Marine Ecology and Facility Leader, Australian Animal Tagging & Monitoring System, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Dr. Denise L. Herzing, Research Director, Wild Dolphin Project, 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.A.

David M. Lavigne Ph.D., Dr. Philos., Marine Mammal Biologist, Guelph, Canada

Dr. Alan Springer, Research Professor, Institute of Marine Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S.A.

For more information, please refer to our website www.thesealsofnam.org

Find us on Facebook www.Facebook.com/thesealsofnam

Or follow us on Twitter @TheSealsOfNam

We thank you for your support.

Posted: 29 August 2013 (Updated: 14 April 2015)