Hiya, I'm new here and Nyack suggested I write a thread starting with my concern for Paul Watson's arrest in Germany on a 10 yr. old Costa Rican warrant re shark finning. It wouldn't hurt to keep writing emails to German Justice Minister Sabine Luethesser-Schnarrenberger at:
Here's a sample of an email I sent:
Sea Shepherd's primary mandate is to assume a law enforcement role as provided by the United Nations World Charter for Nature.
This charter was adopted by the United Nation's General Assembly on November 9, 1982.
Sea Shepherd is guided by the UN Charter World Charter for Nature and cites Section 21 under the heading of Implementations as the Society's authority to act on behalf of international conservation law.
Good post well done Dianne
Awesome post, Dianne- will take all action. Welcome to the group
Thanks for your feedback, Brenda and Val and for your welcome, Nyack.
I did find this further info on the Sea Shepherd site:
May 24, 2012Captain Paul Watson Meets with the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica Enrique Castillo
Captain Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd Director of Investigations Scott West took a quick train trip to Stuttgard, Germany today to meet with the Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo. “The meeting was positive and Mr. Castillo was very open to finding a solution to both the situation regarding my arrest and to the possibility of working with Sea Shepherd to protect sharks and the integrity of the Cocos Island Marine Reserve.” Said Captain Paul Watson.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is working towards turning this controversy into something positive, first by focusing worldwide attention on the horrific practice of finning sharks and secondly to extend efforts to Costa Rica to assist the rangers and the Coast Guard in putting an end to poaching and shark finning.
This is just the beginning of the info. Watson does add this statement:
“If Costa Rica believes that there is a need to put me on trial over the absurd accusations of these fishermen we caught poaching sharks then I am prepared to cooperate with the judicial system to present our video evidence, our logbooks, and our crew as witnesses to those events. Costa Rica needs only to assign a date for a trial and I will appear before the Costa Rican Court voluntarily, if given assurances that my safety will be guaranteed. There is no need for an extradition or preventive arrest. All Costa Rica needs to do is make a request to appear.” Said Captain Watson.
The rest of the info can be read at this link:
It does end by saying that Watson is still restricted to Germany for the time being. And WOW I love the photo of the S.O.S. protesters in Venice!
Well, that's very hopefully. 10 years is a pretty long time, alot can change in a decade. Such as the members of the government are probably different, and the same fishing thugs are probably not still in place. And their memory will be hard pressed to be accurate against the actual video footage Watson has.
Plus there is alot more awareness about shark-finning, and the number of sharks facing extinction. Poaching should be the more serious crime.
Please continue to keep us updated.
signed May18, thanks Dianne
Thanx so much for all the great news about Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Dianne !
Don't know if you feel a tourism boycott against Costa Rica will work, but I did find this petition re Paul Waton: Please sign if you agree
Signed it- thanks
Tx Nyack for signing that. No flies on you, haha.
Here's an interesting report from someone living in Costa Rica re Paul Watson's arrest:
The people here are protesting and calling for " Laura "(the president) to drop the charges. I think good will come from this. It may even turn around and get Costa Rica to hire him to protect our waters near Cocos Island.
It has already gotten more people to see sharkwater that had not seen it before and there have been some great articles in the papers to shame CR if they go forward. Also it has put a light on the Japanese mafia that is trying to keep the shark fins shipping from here. Now you can't land them without the body but you can in Nicaragua and then truck them here to ship out from our docs. We are working on stopping this route as well.
I think this will turn out to be a good thing and Paul Watson will gain even more support around the world.
Keep up the GREAT work.
Signed, thanks for the report it's good news!
Signed Capitain Watson is our heroe in France
BRAVO SEA SHEPHERD!!
Thanx Dianne for the Costa Rican Report and I also signed The Boycott Petition
Hi and a big welcome to my good friend Dianne, one of the first people I met when I joined Care2.
This thread of yours is awesome and I know of all the good work you do and have done. I will certainly partake in all of the notices and petitions that you put forth, as I've always done in the past. So good to see you here in this wonderful group!
Dianne, all noted and signed petitions. Forwarded the articles and petitions. Thanks so much for all your hard work!
TY. All done
Thank you Dianne, signed.
Tx for all for reading, signing and forwarding. You are all stars.
Excerpt from message written by Paul Watson himself on May 29 (from Sea Shepherd site:
I don`t think that Germany or Costa Rica anticipated the international response of support for my position. Dozens of demonstrations around the world before German Embassies, 400 demonstrators in Berlin to greet the Costa Rican President, a statement from the President of the Brazilian Senate calling for my release, statements from celebrities worldwide, support from the European Parliament, threats to boycott tourism to Costa Rica.
Our legal team has filed a motion to dismiss the charges based on errors in the warrant.
If the motion is not granted, Costa Rica has 90 days to provide the file to the German authorities requesting extradition.
So I could be free to leave Germany in a few days, a few weeks or three months or if we lose the case then I would be forcefully extradited to Costa Rica OR if I lose the case, the German government can intervene politically to prevent the extradition.
All and all it seems like a great deal of effort to go to because a couple of shark finning fishermen who were not hurt nor had their property damaged had made a complaint.
Meanwhile nothing ever happened to the Captain of the Shonan Maru 2 for destroying the 1.5 million dollar Ady Gil and almost killing 8 people and injuring one of them. There is no extradition order for him, no arrest warrant – nothing!
Because the law is there to protect those who profit from exploiting the oceans and not for those who work to protect the oceans.
Whatever happens, there is one undeniably positive outcome of this entire incident and that is that worldwide attention is being focused on shark finning and the horrific massacre of tens of millions of sharks every year and for what?
For a bowl of soup!
Link for entire messagelink icon not working in group post so copy & paste)
Just FYI, the petition "Free Captain Paul Watson" - written in German and linked in my first post is NOW CLOSED - 15,202 signatures, and will be printed off and sent to German Govt. it says.
Release Paul Watson, Care 2 petition targeting German Justice Minister, also linked above is still running and totals 20,265 signatures today.
Avaaz petition still running with 4,474 signatures. Didn't make a clickable link in first post and my clickable link icon in group posts is not working today, so you still have to copy and paste link:
Please consider signing if you haven't already.
Your signature has been delivered to:
Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, Bundesjustizministerin
You're welcome Brenda, and Nyack, tx for signing the petition to the German Justice Minister.
I am going to start a Dianne's Petitions thread 2 for petitions and news that are not about Free Paul Watson or Sea Shepherd.
Wonderful job Dianne and I also signed both petitions
I can't currently send stars to Lynn G, Brenda C or Barbara E this week but I'll try to remember to do so when I can again. In the meantime,
All signed. Thanks Dianne
signed May 14th.
Just thought you might have missed this Care 2 SUCCESS STORY and be interested in reading it:
Very Cool. What a great role model she is. TY Dianne
Good news! Thank you Nyack and Dianne.
Wonderful News Dianne I'll be looking forward to your #2 Thread/News ) ) ) Thanx Dianne and Nyack
Posted Thanks to Nyack for finding this:
Tell Costa Rica to Stop Shark Finning
President Laura Chinchilla Miranda,- Ministry of Environment Mrs. Maria Guzman Ortiz, Mr. Ruben Munoz Robles
Shark fin trading in Costa Rica, or shark finning, is an illegal practice in the country. Yet it still continues.
Shark finning is a cruel and barbaric practice of cutting off the fins of live sharks, and throwing the helpless body overboard. Unable to swim, sharks sink and drown. The fins are then sold as an Asian delicacy for soup- a,k.a "Shark Fin Soup" and imported to Taiwan, Hong Kong and China for $100 a bowl.
Aside from the cruelty of shark finning is another concern. The illegal shark finning industry in Costa Rica is putting many shark species on the verge of extinction.
Since the late 1980's, populations of northwest Atlantic coastal and oceanic shark have dropped by an average of 70%, and in 2003 the World Conservation Union (IUCN) estimated that tens of millions of sharks are finned and discarded at sea every year.
As of June 2009, there are 64 known species of pelagic sharks and rays, 32% of which are categorized as either: vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered. Stop the shark finning industry in Costa Rica.
Already signed. Thank you.
Signed, thank you.
Was very interested to see this information about Shark Finning on Lynn G's thread and decided to post it here. Lynn's great & I know she won't mind:
http://www.hsi.org/issues/shark_finning/ (From Humane Society International)
Thanks to all who have signed the Tell Costa Rica to Stop Shark Finning Petition. Only 507 signatures with a goal of 5000, however.
Already signed. Thank you Dianne.
Thanks Dianne C for all you do and loved the SUCCESS story!
Shark Finning Petition already signed. Thanks for all the updates Dianne
signed thanks Dianne
Latest info on SOS - Save Our Skipper from Sea Shepherd website link coming up. He's still detained in Germany and at this link some videos can be watched:SOS Paul Watson Photos and videos from supporters and support rallies around the world
including videos from about 6 supporters including Bob Barker, Richard Dean Anderson, Pamela Anderson and a few others:
All noted and petitions already signed. Thank you Dianne.
All signed and noted Dianne Thanx
Signed, thanks Dianne.
(I'm not feeling very well, not doing much on Care2 at all right now, but had to post this!)
News emailed to me today:
Report from Paul Watson in Germany first:
Day 47 as a prisoner in Germany. My detainment has raised a lot of awareness for our cause. Citizens in Germany and all around the world have been very supportive. The only one who does not seem supportive is the German Minister of Justice.
Our campaigns have not been affected by my detainment. Sea Shepherd is equipped with many skilled, passionate people who work year-round to make our campaigns possible. Read on to get details about a new vessel, victory for the bluefin tuna, challenges for the seals in Namibia, and details on my arrest and how you can make a difference. This is a critical time for our oceans. We need your help to continue defending the marine wildlife we all know is so important to this great Earth.
News of New Ship:
NEPTUNE'S NAVY IS GROWING
It’s true! There's a new addition to Neptune's Navy, and it's another large, ice-breaking vessel! The new ship will be ready just in time for our next campaign to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary to intervene against illegal Japanese whaling!
Named for the esteemed donor whose generous contribution made the new ship possible, the addition of the Sam Simon will give us four ships so we are even more prepared to take on the whalers this December during Operation Zero Tolerance. Read more about the Sam Simon...
Hopefully, the whole email can be read at this link:
Good news. Thank you Dianne.
Thank you Diane!
You GOOO Girl Thanx Dianne
Feel better soon. Awesome news, hopefully more will help them.
S. Korea is going to use the same loophole in the 1986 moratorium of the killing of whales that Japan uses, calling it whaling for "research". (Source-Vancouver Sun, Monday July 9,2012) S Korea says that unlike Japan, they will only hunt in their own waters.
Wow, makes me feel so much better to know that. NO!!!
Wish I felt well enough to do a petition. Does anyone feel well enough and feel strongly enough about this issue to write a petition re this?
I found a Republic of Korea website at which you can leave a comment. I hope you will do so.
Thank you Dianne.
From Wikipedia:South Korea
In early July 2012, during IWC discussions in Panama, South Korea said it would undertake scientific whaling as allowed despite the global moratorium on whaling. South Korea's envoy to the summit, Kang Joon-Suk, said that consumption of whale meat "dates back to historical times"and that there had been an increase in the minke whale population since the ban took place in 1986. "Legal whaling has been strictly banned and subject to strong punishments, though the 26 years have been painful and frustrating for the people who have been traditionally taking whales for food." He said that South Korea would undertake whaling in its own waters. New Zealand's Commissioner Gerard van Bohemen accused South Korea of putting the whale population at risk. He also cited Japan as having not contributed to science for several years despite undertaking scientific whaling. New Zealand's stated position may be seen by its media as less solid than Australia's on the matter given that its indigenous people are pushing forward with plans, unopposed by the government, to recommence whaling there. The people of Ulsan have also traditionally and contemporarily eaten whale meat. South Korea's representative at the IWC said that "this is not a forum for moral debate. This is a forum for legal debate. As a responsible member of the commission we do not accept any such categorical, absolute proposition that whales should not be killed or caught."
Noted all News and signed petitions back in May Thanx Dianne ) ) )
So sorry, my brain is just not in gear. It just occurred to me to browse petitions to see if there are any again S. Korean Whaling, and there are:
DON'T LET KOREA KILL WHALES FOR RESEARCH: (TARGET: iNTERNATIONAL WHALING COMMISSION)
SAVE THE MINK(E) WHLES-THERE SHOULD BE NO LOOPHOLES TO HUNT WHALES IN SOUTH KOREA (TARGET - FORMER AUSTRALIAN ENV. MINISTER IAN CAMPBELL ???-why this person, does anyone know?)
A comment to S. Korea website would still be a great idea though, I think, as posted above:http://english.president.go.kr/common/email.php
I hope this doesn't post twice - seemed to go crazy when I tried to preview and post it the first time and because of latency it's hard to check before posting again)
Thank you, all petitions signed.
All signed. Thank you Dianne.
Thanks again Dianne -
signed them all thanks Dianne
Up to date- thanks Dianne
I got this via email 4 days ago but have been unwell and couldn't put it on until now. The first post is a letter from Paul Watson himself in Germany, obviously very worried. In the second post you will find links on the info to the Visual Essay (and contest) I've entered the visual essay, not to win but just to show support. I challenge you to have a look at entries so far and find me Hint - its from the first Day of Action . Hopefully you can enter but final date I think is July 20th? So sorry I couldn't put info on sooner.
Here's the letter from Paul Watson: (Click on "Get the details" in his letter for more info re Visual Essay on Flickr and Day of Action, etc.)
I need your help! I have been under arrest and held in Germany for two months, and there is just one month to go before my impending extradition request may be granted to Costa Rica. A Visual Petition (now through July 20th) and Day of Action on July 20th is being planned to help aid in my release. This is the second day of action that has been planned since my arrest on May 13th.
If extradited, I could be held in a Costa Rican prison for up to one year before being granted trial. During that time, the $25,000 bounty on my head by the Shark Fin Mafia may be carried out! This is a serious situation and my safety cannot be guaranteed, no matter the assurances I receive from the government of Costa Rica. Second to drugs, the shark fin industry generates the most money on the black market! The p
I don't know why the whole letter I copied in my email from Paul Watson above didn't post properly, but here's the rest of it, (I hope) starting with Second to drugs:
Second to drugs, the shark fin industry generates the most money on the black market! The poachers who are claiming these bogus charges would love to stop Sea Shepherd and they have millions to lose in illicit profits, but the price our oceans and our future will pay if sharks are driven to extinction will be much greater.
This case is politically motivated, and the German Minister has the power to have me immediately released. Your help is needed to fight the extradition proceedings and secure my release! I urge you to write to the German officials in power and reiterate what InterPol already has — this case is politically motivated and should be dismissed.
Speak out! Write to German officials, join our Visual Petition (and contest), and participate in the Day of Action. Get the details!
For our Oceans and the Future,
Captain Paul Watson
Founder and President
P.S. We have posted contact details for the German officials and info about our Visual Petition and Day of Action. Also, please make a donation to our Legal Defense and Education Fund, to ensure we are able to carry out our mission. Our clients depend on us for their protection, and we depend on you to get us there.
Wow- they are still holding him in Germany? I thought he was released!
Thanks Dianne- will take action
Federal Minister of Justice
Platz der Republik
Tel.: +49 (030) 227 751 62
Fax.: +49 (030) 227 764 02
Dr. Guido Westerwelle
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Platz der Republik 1
Tel.: +49 (030) 22771636
Fax.: +49 (030) 22776562
Dear Ms Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger,
I am very concerned to hear that Germany has detained Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson for possible extradition to Costa Rica. I understand that the warrant for Captain Watson's arrest is politically motivated and possibly due to an incident in which Sea Shepherd uncovered an illegal shark-finning operation.
I support Sea Shepherd's efforts to monitor and publicise illegal fishing and whaling around the world and recognize that some illegal fishing operations try to use international law to shut down Sea Shepherd operations. I urge you to consider the valuable work Captain Watson and Sea Shepherd are undertaking globally to highlight the dangers to our oceans in considering this extradition request.
Wow, I just found this out and had to come on to post this. This article I'm posting is from Canada's Globe and Mail but it's all over the internet. His bail of over 250,000 Euros will, I assume, be forfeited. This is the first time I've read that Sea Shepherd feared that once in Costa Rica, Japan would ask for extradition of Watson to answer charges there. I thought he sounded very worried in his last letter posted 1 week ago. This is a wild development!!! (btw, great sample letter above Nyack, thanks so much -you're a star.) I'll look for more info and post it if it adds anything different.
Globe & Mail July 26
SEA SHEPHERD SAYS IT'S CHIEF PAUL WATSON SKIPS BAIL, FLEES GERMANY
Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson skipped bail and fled Germany over fears Japan would seek his extradition if he was sent to Costa Rica, the organization suggested Thursday.
The head of the marine conservation group left Germany “for an unspecified destination”, his lawyer told a Frankfurt court on Wednesday, prompting an arrest warrant to be reissued.
Earlier this year Costa Rica filed an extradition request on charges stemming from a high-seas confrontation between a Sea Shepherd ship and a Costa Rican vessel over alleged illegal shark finning in 2002.
Mr. Watson, a Canadian, whose organization is known for its aggressive attacks on Japanese whalers, was accused of putting a ship’s crew in danger.
The 61-year-old was arrested at Frankfurt airport in May and detained for a week before being released on bail after paying €250,000 ($303,500) and being ordered to appear before police twice a day.
Susan Hartland, Sea Shepherd’s administrative director, confirmed that he had fled, but said she did not know where.
“We have reason to believe from a reliable source that, once in Costa Rica, the Japanese government may have sought extradition of Captain Watson to Japan to answer charges related to obstructing their illegal whaling activities,” she said.
“We have no further information and are not in touch with him. We will do our best to provide more details as we learn more.”
Mr. Watson, who was tweeting as recently as Tuesday but made no mention of where he was or what he planned to do, has previously suggested that Japan might be putting pressure” on Germany to carry out the extradition order.
Sea Shepherd is best known for its annual pursuit of the Japanese whaling fleet in Antarctica, using increasingly militant methods to halt the hunt, including the boarding of vessels.
This year, after setting off from Australia, the group hurled stink bombs at the boats on the high seas and used ropes to try to tangle their propellers in a series of exchanges which saw the whalers retaliate with water cannon.
The whaling fleet killed less than a third of the animals it planned to because of the sabotage attempts.
This article is from the Guardian (U.K.) with some info in addition to the Globe & Mail article, and seems to confirm that Japan, through its embassy in Berlin, had submitted an extradition order on July 19 to German authorities:
To answer your statement above, Nyack, that you thought he'd been released, yes he was released on bail in Germany a while ago, but could not leave that country and was reporting in each day since bail was granted. Now he has skipped bail and if anyone knows where he is, they aren't saying. I'm just so shocked and startled by this news - I just don't know where this will lead.
The Guardian Thurs. July 26:
PAUL WATSON SKIPS BAIL IN GERMANY
The founder of the militant Sea Shepherd Conservation Society failed to check in with the authorities on Sunday, which was a condition of his release in May.
The higher regional court in Frankfurt announced on Wednesday that it had been told by Watson's lawyer that he had left Germany for an "unspecified destination."
The justice ministry said that it did not know of his whereabouts or whether he was still in the country.
Susan Hartland, administrative director of Sea Shepherd, confirmed his flight from Germany. "We have reason to believe from a reliable source that, once in Costa Rica, the Japanese government may have sought extradition of Captain Watson to Japan to answer charges related to obstructing their illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary," Hartland said.
On Thursday afternoon, the Japanese embassy in Berlin told AP that it had submitted an extradition request on 19 July to German authorities.
Watson, one of the original founders of Greenpeace, gained fame through the Whale Wars TV show in which he and his crew are shown attempting to disrupt Japanese whalers.
However, he was being detained in Germany on charges relating to an incident at sea in Central America in 2002. In October last year maritime violation charges that had been previously dropped over the incident were reinstated by a Costa Rican prosecutor and an international arrest warrant was issued.
Watson was arrested at Frankfurt Airport on 13 May. He was detained for a week before being released, after a bail of €250,000 (£196,000) was paid. As a condition he was ordered to report regularly to the authorities until a decision was made on whether to extradite him to Costa Rica.
However, on Sunday, 22 July he failed to report.
"Since by fleeing, Watson has shown that he cannot justify the trust placed in him, the extradition process has been restarted," the court in Frankfurt announced on Wednesday.
Costa Rica has insisted that he would get a fair trial if extradited. However, Sea Shepherd has claimed that he would be in danger if he entered the penal system in the country.
The Frankfurt court said that a decision on whether to extradite Watson had been due very soon, although the federal justice ministry would have had the final say.
Die Welt reports that, according to a spokesperson for the Frankfurt prosecutors office, another extradition request had come from Japan last week relating to a charge of violating ships traffic that is alleged to have occurred in 2010.
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Thanks Dianne, please keep us informed.
I've been busy sending gr. stars for comments
Noted and Thanx Dianne :-0
noted thanks Dianne
All Signed and Noted Dianne Thanx
thank you, dianne
Noted- thanks Dianne
BERLIN (AP) — Paul Watson, the fugitive founder of environmental group Sea Shepherd, vowed Tuesday to continue disrupting Japan's whaling fleet when it heads for the southern oceans this winter, despite authorities in at least three countries seeking his arrest.
The 61-year-old Canadian was detained in Germany in May on a Costa Rican extradition warrant that accused him of endangering the crew of a fishing vessel in 2002. About ten days ago Watson, who sees himself as an advocate for whales, sharks and other marine animals, skipped bail after learning that Japan, too, was seeking his extradition from Germany. "I can serve my clients better at sea than in a Japanese prison cell and I intend to do just that," he said in a statement issued by his U.S.-based group, which didn't disclose his current location. "In December, our ships will sail forth for the ninth campaign to oppose the outlaw Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary." The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is a vast conservation area around Antarctica in which commercial whaling operations are banned.
The 61-year-old Canadian was detained in Germany in May on a Costa Rican extradition warrant that accused him of endangering the crew of a fishing vessel in 2002.
About ten days ago Watson, who sees himself as an advocate for whales, sharks and other marine animals, skipped bail after learning that Japan, too, was seeking his extradition from Germany.
"I can serve my clients better at sea than in a Japanese prison cell and I intend to do just that," he said in a statement issued by his U.S.-based group, which didn't disclose his current location. "In December, our ships will sail forth for the ninth campaign to oppose the outlaw Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary."
The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is a vast conservation area around Antarctica in which commercial whaling operations are banned.
July 30, 2012
Captain Paul Watson Sends First Message To Supporters Since Departing Germany
For the first time since the world began speculating why Captain Paul Watson made the decision to forfeit his bail and depart Germany after being held there under house arrest for 70 days, the Captain himself is speaking out. He relayed a message to Sea Shepherd headquarters over the weekend, asking that it be provided to his supporters. The complete message follows:
To my friends and supporters,
I am presently in a place on this planet where I feel comfortable, a safe place far away from the scheming nations who have turned a blind eye to the exploitation of our oceans.
The German government said I betrayed their trust by leaving Germany, yet they had already betrayed my trust. The German politicians had made up their minds politically before the German court had made a decision, and during the time I was held in Germany, the Japanese negotiated with Germany to file for an extradition order to Japan on fabricated evidence provided by former Sea Shepherd Crewmember, Peter Bethune.
In 2010, the Japanese ship Shonan Maru #2 deliberately rammed and destroyed the Ady Gil, nearly killing 6 people. The Japanese captain was not even questioned, damages were never paid, no charges were filed and they took the Ady Gil captain, Peter Bethune, back to Japan where he cooperated to provide false evidence to the Japanese Coast Guard to blame me for the boarding actions, despite the on-camera documentation that I specifically advised against the boarding by Bethune.
We have cost the Japanese whaling industry tens of millions of dollars and in October 2011, they were allocated a war chest of some thirty million dollars in misappropriated Tsunami Relief Funds to combat Sea Shepherd. With that money they have increased security at sea, filed civil suits in the U.S. Courts against us, and they have researched just where we might be vulnerable.
And the one possibility they found was a decade-old incident that occurred in Guatemalan waters in 2002. This charge simply involves obstructing a Costa Rican long-liner with water hoses. It was an action that occurred with permission of the Guatemalan government and it was against a fully documented illegal shark-finning operation that was also filmed for the award-winning documentary film, "Sharkwater." It was against a vessel that only a year before had been convicted of shark-finning in the waters of the Galapagos National Park Marine Reserve, where our vessel the Sirenian had helped to apprehend them.
Japan had previously tried to have me arrested by Interpol for the Bethune incident but Interpol refused their request for a 'red' notification, allowing them only a 'blue' notice, meaning that countries could report my movements to Japan but could not arrest me.
In December, the President of Costa Rica met with the Prime Minister of Japan. I had attended the Hamburg Film Festival in November 2011 without being arrested in Germany. In March I traveled to Spain and France without incident. Yet in May of 2012, I was arrested in Germany on an extradition warrant from Costa Rica. And what I found was that Costa Rica, like Japan, had issued an Interpol notice and Interpol at the end had dismissed the request.
Germany however, a country without an extradition treaty with Costa Rica or Japan, decided to apprehend me on what they described was a bilateral agreement with Costa Rica. This, of course, caught Japan's attention and they began negotiations to apply directly to Germany with a request for my extradition. That request by Japan was approved by Germany on July 23rd, 2012. I was alerted to this by reliable sources on July 22nd.
With Costa Rica, I had the evidence on film and with two dozen witnesses I was confident that I could win the case against the allegations of the shark finners. My only concern was that Costa Rica would then hand me over to Japan. For with Japan, there is the absolute certainty that once in Japanese custody, I will never be released.
That certainty meant that there could only be one option: I made the decision to depart Germany immediately.
I find it absurd that in all the years I have been campaigning for the protection and conservation of marine life, where I have not caused a single injury to a single person and have only interfered with illegal operations as defined by international conservation law, that Japan can make accusations against me after destroying a two-million-dollar vessel, injuring a crewmember and almost killing five others.
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I am very disappointed with the German government. For me it is obvious that the German government conspired with Japan and Costa Rica to detain me so that I could be handed over to the Japanese. For me it is clear that they made the political decision to turn me over to the Japanese even before a court decision was made. All the German people that I have met were supportive of the work I do. I did not meet a single critic in the streets, in the courts, in the media or at any of the events and presentations that I attended. Even the police and members of the court were supportive.
I am very thankful for the support that I received in Germany and especially from the sympathetic sources that provided me with the information about the decisions made and the impending political decision to accept the Japanese demand to extradite me to Japan, once a court decision would be on their desk.
This was never really about Costa Rica. It has been about Japan all along.
We have confronted the Japanese whalers for eight seasons and we have humiliated them at sea and more importantly we have frustrated their illegal profiteering from the killing of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
This is not about justice; it is about revenge. It is about a small group of dedicated volunteers opposing an economic super power and a multi-million-dollar whale poaching operation in a whale sanctuary. It is about speaking truth to economic and political power.
Costa Rica and Germany have simply been pawns in the Japanese quest to silence Sea Shepherd in an attempt to stop our annual opposition to their illegal whaling activities.
I know the whale killing poachers of Japan will continue to exploit all avenues to find a way to stop me. I have, however, eluded them once again and I will continue to try and keep a step ahead of them, no matter what risks and costs have to be made.
I can serve my clients better at sea than in a Japanese prison cell and I intend to do just that. In December, our ships will sail forth for the ninth campaign to oppose the outlaw Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. The campaign will be called Operation Zero Tolerance and we will risk our ships and our selves yet again in the effort required to stop these pelagic bandits in their remorseless slaughter of the gentle giants of the seas.
Thank-you for your continued support,
Captain Paul Watson
Noted and Thanx Dianne
noted- thanks Dianne- have a great weekend
Some info from the latest Sea Shepherd E-newsletter, with a link at the bottom of the post where the entire E-newsletter can be viewed. There are appeals for donations, but info on what is happening can be gleaned if you're interested, even if you are not able to donate.
When we put out a call to action — Sea Shepherd supporters rally in droves! Just last week, our Cove Guardians had their computer gear confiscated by the police in Taiji in a ploy to try to disable our communications and stop us from internationally exposing the plight of the dolphins in the infamous Cove. In just a few days' time, people like you came through for us and raised the $4,000 USD necessary to replace our gear and reinstate our communications immediately. On behalf of the dolphins, thank-you for that!
Now we need to continue to raise funds for our most expensive campaign of the year, Operation Zero Tolerance, which takes place in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, and to continue to finance our ongoing efforts in the Galapagos, Brazil, Namibia, Europe, Costa Rica, and La Reunion Island. We go up against poachers and pirates who pillage and plunder the great oceans for profit and greed. Support Sea Shepherd today to ensure our campaigns continue to be strong and effective, and our oceans are alive and healthy for future generations!
Captain Paul Watson Honored in Paris with Jules Verne Award
Australia's Sharks Under Attack... Again
Zero tolerance. Zero cruelty. Zero kills. That is our mission this year in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary as we go up against the illegal Japanese whalers for the ninth season with our Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign aptly dubbed Operation Zero Tolerance. Our Antarctic campaigns have saved the lives of more than 3,600 whales and this year, with the addition of a new vessel and our best tactics yet, we plan to be even more effective than we have ever been!
The time is now! Stand strong with Sea Shepherd and help us fund our campaigns to defend the oceans from the poachers and pirates of greed. Your investment is an investment in the future. Together we are saving lives and protecting biodiversity in our oceans. Thank-you!
For the oceans,
Captain Paul Watson
Founder and President
To see the E-newsletter from Sea Shepherd with more info and details, please use this link:
Just wanted to make sure that Americans know this:
[In the United States Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (93-079-2021). All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.
Thnx for the Wonderful writeup on Sea Shepherd Paul Watson
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Hello- as most of you know, Dianne is offline awhile recovering from surgery untill after the holidays-
So? There is some news from Sea Shepherd, which I will post for her until she gets back-
Rock - 2 days ago - seashepherd.org
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Thanks Nyack for posting the above. I just came on to post news from the Sea Shepherd website itself, with commentary by Paul Watson:
December 17, 2012Japanese Whalers Fire Their First Shot of the Season – at Sea Shepherd
Commentary by Captain Paul Watson
It looks like the Japanese whaling fleet is ready to rumble.
They fired their opening shot today by having the United States 9th District Court issue an injunction against Sea Shepherd and Captain Paul Watson, specifically.
The court order was a single page e-mail granting the injunction despite the fact that the preliminary injunction was denied in February 2012 by Judge Richard Jones in Seattle.
In a completely unprecedented move, the preliminary injunction was granted by three judges on the 9th Circuit before a hearing has taken place and before the trial on this matter slated for September 2013.
It is a complex situation whereby a United States Court is issuing an injunction against Dutch and Australian vessels carrying an international crew, operating out of Australia and New Zealand in international waters and the waters of the Australian Antarctic Economic Zone. In addition the Court has ignored the fact that the Japanese whalers are in contempt of a court order by the Australian Federal Court and the whaling takes place in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
What is the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society going to do?
Sea Shepherd’s position is clear: Our ships, officers and crew are 100% committed to achieving a zero-kill quota on whales. This is Operation Zero Tolerance and 120 crewmembers from 26 different nations are prepared to risk their lives to defend endangered and protected whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Sea Shepherd is committed to defending the integrity of this internationally established sanctuary.
What is the purpose of a whale sanctuary codified into international law if Japan can kill whales within its territorial waters while in contempt of the Australian Federal Court?
We expect that the Japanese whaling fleet was waiting for this ruling before departing from Japan. They will find when they arrive that we will still be there guarding the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary with our ships and our lives.
“We will defend these whales as we have for the last eight years – non-violently and legally,” said Captain Paul Watson.
For the whales,
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Captains, Crew, Directors and Staff
Noted and current Dianne :-0 Thank-You Everyone working on this Thread :-0 21/12
Thanks Dianne. Merry Xmas everyone.
Rock - 5 hours ago - seashepherd.org
Noted,it's better for him , thanks!
Wow, Nyack, I had NO IDEA that Paul Watson stepped down because of US. court ruling. Haven't kept up to speed on Sea Shepherd site, as most other things these days. Thx so much for letting us all know about this. I'm "gobsmacked" as the British say!!! I'll have to go look at the Sea Shepherd site right now.
Thanks for the update Nyack.
I see in Paul Watson's statement that he:will not violate the temporary injunction granted to the Institute for Cetacean Research. So I'm wondering if his removing himself is also only temporary perhaps. I'll have to look at linked article at bottom of this post when I have more time. (Sea Shepherd Australia to lead Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign)
January 7, 2013statement from Captain Paul Watson
For the 35 years since I founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society I have strived to act non-violently and within the boundaries of the law.
Sea Shepherd has never been a protest organization nor have we engaged in civil disobedience. We are an anti-poaching organization established to uphold international conservation law. We operate within the guidelines of the United Nations World Charter for Nature that allows for intervention by non-profit non-governmental organizations and individuals to uphold international conservation law.
During Sea Shepherd’s long history we have never caused a single injury to any person. Although we have broken some bureaucratic regulations like Canada’s so called Seal Protection Act, we did so to challenge the validity of these regulations, which were in contradiction to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In all other respects we have always operated within the boundaries of the law, both international and national.
In 1998 Sea Shepherd USA complied with the order by the United States Coast Guard to not approach within a thousand yards of the Makah whaling operation in Washington State.
I myself have never been convicted of a felony crime.
And for this reason, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in the United States and myself as a U.S. citizen must comply with the order by the 9th Circuit court of the United States.
Because I have been personally named in the injunction I have resigned as the President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in the United States and as President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Australia. I have also resigned my position of Executive Director of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society USA and I will hold no paid position with Sea Shepherd anywhere Sea Shepherd is registered and operates as a non-profit organization in any nation.
I have also stepped down as campaign leader for Operation Zero Tolerance. Former Greens Party leader and former Australian Senator, Bob Brown of Tasmania will now hold this position.
I have also stepped down as Captain of the Steve Irwin. Captain Siddharth Chakravarty of India is now in command of the Steve Irwin. The other three Captains are citizens of Sweden, France and Australia.
As a United States citizen, I will respect and comply with the ruling of the United States 9th District Court and will not violate the temporary injunction granted to the Institute for Cetacean Research. I will participate as an observer within the boundaries established by the 9th Circuit Court of the United States.
Read more in our article Sea Shepherd Australia To Lead Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign
Thank you, Nyacke & Dianne!
Copied from an Email dated Dec. 28/12:
Finally, it appears that the Japanese fleet is underway and has departed for the Sanctuary as of today. This is the latest they have ever left for their annual whale hunt. Due to transit time, we know the whalers will not reach the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary until at least January 21st.
The hunt is on — and we intend to hunt the whalers. All four Sea Shepherd ships and their crews will be ready to greet the killers when they arrive.
From Sea Shepherd website:
Operation Zero Tolerance
In our ninth season in Antarctica, Sea Shepherd is embarking upon its biggest campaign yet to defend at-risk whales!
We’re returning stronger than ever to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary with a fleet of four ships, one helicopter and more than 100 international crewmembers — the whales’ Navy!
During the past eight seasons, Sea Shepherd’s direct-action interventions have saved the lives of more than 3,600 whales and exposed illegal Japanese whaling to the world.
This year, our campaign is aptly dubbed Operation Zero Tolerance because we aim to send the whalers home without them killing a single whale.
We have a great track record of success to build upon. The last two seasons, we sent the whalers home early with just a fraction of their kill quota.
Japanese whaling is a dying industry — continuing only due to government pride and massive subsidies.
Hundreds of millions in debt, the industry cannot continue to sustain such huge financial losses.
With your help, we will meet our goal of sinking the Japanese whaling fleet economically to finally bring peace to the whales of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
Zero tolerance. Zero cruelty. Zero kills.
Please join us!
Dearest Dianne ... Thank-you for All this Newsie News and Wonderful Updates I have noted all and have signed petitions already GO PAUL WATSON !!! ... Barb E Thank-You for this Cooool Post 9/1
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Save Whales and Help Captain Watson! The United States White House has created a modern and easy way for the people's voice to be heard. Official petitions can be created on their website, and once a petition receives 100,000 signatures it elicits an official response from the White House.
Sea Shepherd has created two very important petitions, one of which could provide safe haven for Captain Watson and the other asks the United States to take strong action to stop the Japanese from killing whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. We only have until February 28th to reach the required number of signatures.
You don't have to be a US citizen to sign the petitions, but you do need to create a user account on their website. Help us! (Click on "Help us")
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Done - thanks.
I hope the links work below:
We (Op. Zero Tolerance) have managed to ensure the illegal Japanese whalers have killed no whales this season. Operation Zero Tolerance is living up to its name! That was the first January that zero whales have been killed!
SSS Bob Barker Tailed by the Attack Dog of the Whaling Fleet
Following the first no-kill January, the SSS Bob Barker found itself being tailed by the Japanese whaler's ship the Shonan Maru 2.
In order to escape the armed Japanese Government vessel, which is known as the attack dog of Japan's illegal whaling fleet, the SSS Bob Barker travelled into the Australian territorial waters of Macquarie Island.
The Macquarie Base commander had been notified by the Australian Antarctic Division to expect the potential arrival of the Shonan Maru No. 2. Learn what happened next...
Australian Government Orders Japanese Whalers to Leave Australian Waters
The Japanese security vessel, the Shonan Maru No. 2, which is carrying armed coast guards, entered the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone around Macquarie Island in pursuit of the SSS Bob Barker.
The Australian government has officially notified the Japanese government to order their vessel to remain outside of Australian waters. Find out if the whalers followed the orders...
With increasing support from the Australian government, due to your zero tolerance of whales being murdered, we are getting that much closer to keeping the Whale Sanctuary safe.
For the oceans,
Unfortunately it's not over yet, but with your help I truly believe we can make this campaign live up to its name- Operation Zero Tolerance!
Published on Feb 17, 2013
15 February 2013 --The Dutch-flagged, Dutch-owned, Australian operated Sea Shepherd Ship (SS Bob Barker intervenes as the Japanese harpoon ship Yushin Maru No. 2 attempts to transfer (and sadly succeeds in the end) a poached minke whale, illegally killed in Australian Antarctic Waters, to the Japanese factory ship, Nisshin Maru.
btw, Paul Watson IS on board the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin, which is at Operation Zero Tolerance right now. In a form letter sent out he states: "How I got back here is something I cannot say because I may have to do it again sometime and it would not do to lay out the details. Needless to say it was a trifle inconvenient to travel from Germany to the very far side of the world without a passport. And it was made even more inconvenient by the time, effort and money that Japan has thrown out in their desperate attempts to capture me.
Although they destroyed one of our ships without consequence, they have the political and economic power to have me charged with the "crime" of disrupting commerce. And here we thought they told us their whaling was 'scientific research' "
Also, the 2 petitions to the White House posted above 2 weeks ago have only 1 week to go and need lots more signatures.
Thanks Dianne for all the news, most petitions already signed.
Info. on Operation Zero (2,013 Sea Shepherd Campaign) AND a link from which you can donate to SS if you are able and want to do so.
The Institute of Cetacean Research, the front organisation for Japan's illegal whaling program has released their kill report for 2012/2013.
They wanted 50 Humpbacks. They took none.
They wanted 50 Fin whales. They took none.
They wanted 935 Minke whales. They killed 103.
832 Minke whales not slain! 50 Humpbacks and Fins not slaughtered!
There can be no doubt that Operation Zero Tolerance was a huge success. We only have to ask Yoshimasa Hayashi, the Japanese Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, he has reported the "lowest total of whales taken since 'research whaling' began in 1987".
We are elated that we have delivered the worst season to date to these whale poachers, though one whale killed is still one too many. Our ships are back in port after a very long, difficult campaign and we need a lot of repairs to continue our fight against whaling. We still need your support, the whaling season has ended but the fight to stop whaling
Thanks Dianne -
Thanks Dianne for the good news, but still need to keep going.