A new study jointly commissioned by animal welfare organizations Bont voor Dieren (BvD), Humane Society International (HSI), Respect for Animals (RFA), and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has found that even in terms of financial value, seals are worth much more alive than slaughtered.
Comparing the most recently available statistics from 2008, the report titled, “The economies of seal hunting and seal watching in Namibia,” states that seal watching generated US$2 million in direct tourism, while the cruel hunt and killing of some 85,000 animals produced only US$513,000.
Calling for a complete ban on the country's ruthless seal hunting industry, WSPA celebrity ambassador and vegetarian singer-songwriter Leona Lewis, said, “No price would ever be high enough to justify the killing of these harmless animals. This country has so much natural beauty to offer tourists. Why allow (such a) brutal practice to tarnish its reputation forever?”
Our heartfelt appreciation, World Society for the Protection of Animals, Ambassador Leona Lewis, othercaring organizations and individuals for your noble endeavors to safeguard the precious seal co-inhabitants.
With sorrow for the loss of innocent lives, we pray for an end to all slaughter as humans live in peaceful coexistence and respect for every fellow being on Earth. Speaking during a press conference in Cancún, Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai offered additional spiritual insight into how the love from animals like the precious seals helps sustain human life on our planet.
Sources: Bikyamasr, Economist, Look to the Stars