Namibia’s Animal Protection Act applies to “any equine, bovine, sheep, goat, pig, fowl, ostrich, dog or cat or other domestic animal or bird, or any wild animal, wild bird or reptile which is in captivity or under the control of any person.” It prohibits animals from being “cruelly ill-treated, beaten, terrified, maimed or tortured.” It also prohibits “wanton, unreasonable and negligent” acts or omissions which result in unnecessary suffering of an animal.
The Marine Resources Act and Regulations Relating to the Exploitation of Marine Resources set forth the manner in which Cape fur seals are killed.
The regulations stipulate that a group of pups “must be driven away from the sea and allowed to settle down before clubbing begins, care being taken to facilitate the escape of adult seals.”
“After the identified pups have settled down, they must be harvested as follows:
(a) a group of pups must be released from the group … in the direction of the sea;
(b) a clubber must kill a pup by clubbing it on the top of the head with a sealing club, when a group released in terms of paragraph (a) moves past the clubbers;
(c) the inspector overseeing the harvest must be satisfied that a pup, which has been clubbed, is dead;
(d) a sticker must pierce the heart of the pup with a knife, after the pup has been clubbed;
(4) Adult seals selected for harvesting must –
(a) be killed on land by shooting the seal with a rifle in the head so that the bullet immediately kills the seal;
(b) the inspector overseeing the harvest must be satisfied that a seal, which has been shot, is dead.”
In reality, videos and images show that these rules are not followed and live, conscious pups are stabbed. In fact, pups have been seen vomiting up their mothers’ milk when they were stabbed.
Moreover, these killing methods are not humane in an of themselves and violate the Animal Protection Act.