Published: Sunday 31 December 1995

Much to the dismal of conservationists and I scientific community, the Namibian Government authorised the Aitioter of 17,450 more of its Cape htr seals this W 'Porting aside ques M eCsostainable utilisation. the Narnibian sea] hunt dw aveflest in the world," Woo David Barritt, direc 41 the International Fund ir Aamcnal Welfare in Africa.

The population of seals id pow down further when bw 1"3. an unexplained W&W event led fish stocks ,sow be@vnd the feeding or of seals, resulting in qmvedented starvation for a wok of Namibia. More = 95 per cent of the seal qp born in 1994 died and a population was reduced F,vV so balf-a-million seals.

VW consequences of dWcnewinate sealing could p4hmmwrous for Namibia in v6M run, say conserva Now 'Stating is an emoRawL ft is quite probable iW)* it ' does not stop JW& 05 economy Will SUfp-tv wA low tourists who loWdSed by the cruelty; it Oft valopected to boycotts panowmatxmial organisation way well have a harder obtaining inter and aid," says Baritt.

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