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Namibian Seal Hunt

Namibian Seal Hunt

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Each year in southern Africa, the government of Namibia authorizes the killing of 85,000 Cape fur seal pups for their pelts, and 6,000 Cape fur seal bulls for their genitals, which are considered aphrodisiacs in different parts of Asia. The pups are killed for their fur and blubber, but the main reason is to keep the seal population down, because they eat too many fish, particularly hake. Hake is Namibia’s most lucrative fish and one of Spain’s most popular seafood, and Spanish companies off the coast pressure the African nation to allow them to catch more. Unfortunately for the Cape fur seals, they are considered competition.