Gucci, Prada, and Versac use slaughtered seal pup pelts to create some of their fashions, which are exported to Norway, Finland, Hong Kong, Turkey, Russia, and other
countries. The pelts will be used to make expensive designer-label coats and accessories.
Brutally hunted and killed
For six to eight weeks each spring, the ice floes of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the eastern coast of Newfoundland and Labrador turn bloody, as some 300,000 harp seal pups, virtually all between 2 and 12 weeks old, are beaten to death—their skulls crushed with a heavy spiked club called a hakapik—or shot. They are then skinned on the ice or in nearby hunting vessels after being dragged to the ships with boat hooks. The skinned carcasses are usually left on the ice or tossed in the ocean.
Thousands of other wounded pups (estimates range from 15,000 to
150,000 per year) manage to escape the hunters but die later of their injuries or drown after falling off the ice (pups younger than about 5 weeks cannot swim). The seals are hunted chiefly for their pelts, which are exported to Norway, Finland, Hong Kong, Turkey, Russia, and other countries, where they are used to make expensive designer-label coats and accessories. Among the major vendors of these products are the Italian fashion-wear companies Gucci, Prada, and Versace.
Namibia, Africa seal hunting season begin
Now the seal hunt has begun anew in Namibia, Africa where 80, 000 pups they are brutally clubbed to death. South Africa stopped sealing in 1990, with no further need to control the population. It has not experienced a negative impact on jobs or fisheries, environment or ecosystem.
By stopping sealing and promoting eco-tourism in seal viewing has flourished. Now viewing is considered one of the top ten attractions in South Africa, earning in excess of R30 million ($3,787,878.788 US)
Under the Seal Protection Act it is now a criminal offence to kill a seal in South Africa.
However, Namibia’s has not become enlightened by South African example. Seal clubbing with spiked clubs continues under controversy and scandal. The former Director of Marine Mammal Resources, Dr Burger Oelofsen, Namibia’s, a staunch supporter of seal clubbing, leaves the Ministry to become a partner in the only luxury guest lodge, Cape Cross Seal Lodge, whose sole attraction is offering tourists seal eco-tourism to the seal colony.
It is all about $$$.
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Excerpts courtesy of wflendangeredstreamlive.org/namibianseals.htm
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