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Whale Wars Star Paul Watson Faces Fishy Charges for His Activism

Whale Wars Star Paul Watson Faces Fishy Charges for His Activism

Marine life activist Paul Watson is in a heap of legal trouble, although the charges look to be exaggerated if not outright fabricated. The Whale Wars star is facing criminal prosecution for “unsafe navigation” for a decade-old incident in Costa Rica. However, Watson’s lawyers are wary of the criminal summons because they don’t believe that unsafe navigation laws even exist in Costa Rica in the first place.

Many expect that the charges go deeper than settling an old score in Costa Rica. It appears that the nation has an extradition agreement with Japan, another country that would love to get its hands on Watson, and may even be willing to offer
“economic aid” back to Costa Rica in return for the favor.

Television audiences already understand Japan’s beef with Watson. Animal Planet’s documentary/reality series Whale Wars follows Watson as he takes on Japanese whaling vessels along the Antarctic coast. The sixth season of the popular show is set to air later this year.

As Watson tells it, he interrupted an illegal shark finning operation in 2002. Despite a documentary crew filming the whole altercation, the disgruntled shark poachers accused Watson of attempted murder by ramming their boat. Although these charges were dropped in court, now 10 years later the Cost Rican government is resurrecting the charges under the label of “unsafe navigation.”

“Why the persistence?” Watson asks. “And who gets extradited for unsafe navigation when no one was hurt and property was not damaged?”

Watson, who in 1997 formed the radical activist group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to protect marine life , is currently wanted on criminal charges in three countries. While the animal activist employs tactics of questionable legality, his activism is aimed at stopping those who illegally kill whales and sharks. Interestingly, however, the legal repercussions seem to fall on Watson rather than the poachers of endangered sea life.

“I do not expect the charges to be dropped against me,” Watson wrote on Facebook. “The corruption goes all the way to the top to the office of the President. Hopefully the pieces will begin to fall into place and more will be revealed about how Costa Rica has one of the worst records of marine conservation in all of Latin America.”

According to Watson, government officials are in cahoots with the poachers and intentionally overlook the inhumane slaughtering of marine life in the name of profit. This unscrupulous alliance would explain not only why governments allow not only for the illegal vessels to continue their practices, but also why Watson is continually subject to their trumped up wrath.

The persecution of Watson should be alarming to activists everywhere. With Julian Assange and Edward Snowden as other recent examples, extradition agreements are increasingly looking like a global conspiracy to maintain the corrupt status quo rather than promote justice. How is anyone supposed to change the world for the better when nations work together to stop activists from exposing the truth?

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1:58AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

"I have proof that he is not a vegetarian just one of his on going lies.".......Really, Doug M? How is that? Have you lived on one of the vessels with Paul? Do you know him, personally? If you can answer "yes" to either question, then you'd know that in a way, you are right...........he's NOT a vegetarian........he's vegan, and that is backed up by the entire crew on the vessels and their cook. Sorry, I don't have the time to address and refute your many inaccurate accusations here. You sound more like a "sore loser" who got turned away from being a SSCS volunteer, or maybe you just dislike marine mammals that are endangered. Maybe you are PRO-whaling and you have some financial interest in that industry. I don't know, but whatever your reasons for such hatred, they are most certainly misguided.

1:53AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

Wow, Doug M.! Would I be incorrect in assuming you have no love for whale conservation or doing what is necessary to stop the ILLEGAL harvesting of endangered species under fraudulent pretenses? You claim that the SSCS is operating illegally, but somehow are ignoring the fact that the Japanese are claiming "research" when absolutely NO RESEARCH is being conducted at any level. Greenpeace also claims they want to stop the whalers, they just don't "WALK THE WALK", they only "TALK THE TALK". You say that Greenpeace says Watson "is insane". Really? They don't have much LOVE for Paul, but that's because he quit their organization (he was one of their founders and on their board of directors) after realizing how they accomplished far too little and were becoming corrupt.

As for not considering one of the SSCS's vessel might end up at the bottom of The Southern Ocean, he most definitely DOES think about that 24/7 but does as much as can be done to avoid that. You seem to forget that one of those vessels DID end up on the bottom. Remember the Ady Gil? She was cut in half by one of the Japanese harpoon vessels and it was pure divine intervention that no lives were lost! There is a big difference in being willing or being prepared to suffer losses than going out of one's way to CAUSE the loss of lives and/or property. The Japanese are the ones going out of their way to do just that in order to accomplish THEIR goal, which is merely monetary.

11:24PM PST on Feb 5, 2014

One last comment regarding the contrived battles in the Southern Ocean all for the cameras to make Watson more big bucks for his next embarrassing fraudulent TV show, does he realise that one false move will see one of his 'fleet' at the bottom of the ocean spewing fuel ,chemicals, toxic waste in a pristine environment? all this for his ego.

Watson should be ordered out of the Southern Ocean/ Antarctic where he could cause a major environmental disaster only he doesn't give a flying f***, as long as there's a few dollars in it for him and his face on TV, this bragging fraudulent vegitarian loony tunes is considered a pathetic joke in this country. Australia should ban him from leaving his ships here, every country who has a base in the Antarctic should have their goverments ban the ferals from going there. If he stuffs up the most pristine environment on earth then he deserves life in a Japanese prison nothing less.

11:24PM PST on Feb 5, 2014

One last comment regarding the contrived battles in the Southern Ocean all for the cameras to make Watson more big bucks for his next embarrassing fraudulent TV show, does he realise that one false move will see one of his 'fleet' at the bottom of the ocean spewing fuel ,chemicals, toxic waste in a pristine environment? all this for his ego.

Watson should be ordered out of the Southern Ocean/ Antarctic where he could cause a major environmental disaster only he doesn't give a flying f***, as long as there's a few dollars in it for him and his face on TV, this bragging fraudulent vegitarian loony tunes is considered a pathetic joke in this country. Australia should ban him from leaving his ships here, every country who has a base in the Antarctic should have their goverments ban the ferals from going there. If he stuffs up the most pristine environment on earth then he deserves life in a Japanese prison nothing less.

5:52PM PST on Feb 1, 2014

Mark D almost everything you have written below has come from Watson's own mouth, you are one of thousands to have been brainwashed by the cult. What is this from your post ?

'Sea Shepherd broke no laws, it is protecting a sanctuary from Japanese CRIMINALS who are poaching that sanctuary. Sea Shepherd blew nothing up and sank none of the criminals in their ships (and since you support SHIPS no matter what they're doing why don't you join the pirate ships of Somalia, apparently their poor peaceful pirate ships are being harassed by vigilante navies).'

What? Sea Shepherd namely Paul Watson has sunk numerous ships , he is a law unto himself he makes the rules he doesn't care about the consequences of his criminal actions, Watson destroys the livihood of fishermen legally doing what they do for a living legally, your outlandish comment on Somalian pirates is outrageous, poor peaceful pirate ships ? you have got to be kidding. They are criminals like Watson who is also a pirate who has said he's a pirate and of course he is a pirate. There are laws against piracy for that alone he should be charged. His arrogant foolish behaviour has no place on our oceans, he is nothing more than a publicity whore whose ultinate goal is to be seen as a god a hero a millionare a movie star all for his own ego, the animals he says he saves are secondary to his desire to be hero worshiped,he's a known liar who does not command respect.

Do some research on Watson you might change yo

5:08PM PST on Jan 30, 2014

Yes Watson does appear to be saving whales, we should look at Watson himself who is regarded by Greenpeace as being insane, we know of his pathological lies his outrageous comments about the human race calling to have the world population reduced by millions. His ideas are bizarre to say the least , its also well known that he lives high on the hog thanks to donations. I wouldn't trust this man as far as I could kick him. I have proof that he is not a vegetarian just one of his on going lies. The whales would be better off without him.He has said in TV interviews that animals like seals are easy to exploit due to their 'tears' , he is crooked he is a dangerous con man, his organisation is a cult. Get him out of the scene and let goverments pass laws to save endangered species. Watson has sunk many ships and harmed many people. The holier than thou act now is nothing but a sham.

4:16PM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Elizabeth S: Anyone that calls Paul Watson, who is a planetary hero defending our oceans (a hero who is literally taking action to preserve the future of planet Earth) a "terrorist".. is automatically suspect themselves and should have their background checked very carefully.

4:08PM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Lynda H..

"Nobody is stopping activists from telling the truth, only trying to stop them from telling lies, breaking laws, blowing things up, sinking ships, harassing businesses and terrorising people"

Sea Shepherd is not telling lies, it's the Japan mafia who are poaching whales in a sanctuary, (in accordance with their usual practice of raping the oceans and ignoring international regulations) for their mafia called the "Yakuza". Japan manufactures propaganda lies every minute while committing these crimes. Sea Shepherd broke no laws, it is protecting a sanctuary from Japanese CRIMINALS who are poaching that sanctuary. Sea Shepherd blew nothing up and sank none of the criminals in their ships (and since you support SHIPS no matter what they're doing why don't you join the pirate ships of Somalia, apparently their poor peaceful pirate ships are being harassed by vigilante navies). "terrorizing" "people" disturbs you? So I guess "terrorizing" armed robbers who were invading your neighborhood falls into that category? Give me a break.

1:47PM PDT on Oct 2, 2013

He's a terrorist.

11:43AM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

Paul has devoted most of his life to good causes. how many of us do anything close to this?

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