The Cove Producer Weighs In On Sea Shepherd

By Erin La Rosa, ecorazzi

A lot of things have been happening in the world of whaling recently; with Japan officially suspending whaling operations for the year thanks in part to the work of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and funnyman Stephen Colbert even congratulating the group on their triumph.

So, at the Global Green Pre-Oscar party where we were able to catch up with Charles Hambleton, the associate producer of The Cove, we knew he’d have a lot to say on the matter!

“I’m a huge Paul Watson fan,” Hambleton exclaimed. “Everybody involved with The Cove and the Oceanic Preservation Society… We feel that Paul’s only problem is he doesn’t have a big enough navy. And his tremendous effort has come to show that commercial whaling is completely insane… Sea Shepherd has done a wonderful job of exposing how ludicrous this is. So, I’ve been following it by the minute, I love what they’re doing and I’m a big fan. It was a wonderful day when we got that news.”

It was a great day for us too! And Hambleton explained why he thinks this recent development is such a big step in eliminating the whaling industry. “Portugal recently changed from a whaling nation to a non-whaling nation in one generation, in 20 years — Japan can do the same.” But he did add, “I don’t think that’s it’s over, the repercussions will be seen at the International Whaling Commission meeting in June, and also I think Japan will start to ramp up it’s small time coastal whaling, which is a lot of what The Cove is about. Dolphins are whales, and there’s money changing hands, ergo that is commercial whaling. So, we will see these repercussions but it was an enormous step, and I’m very happy for them.”

We then asked Hambleton if he had any plans to return to Taiji, where the annual dolphin slaughter was filmed in the Oscar winning documentary The Cove. “There’s an arrest warrant out for me in Japan, but that didn’t answer the question,”Hambleton smiled. “There’s always a way. Watch the media next week, okay? I would love so much to tell you what’s going to happen next week, but I can’t.”

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Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad5 years ago

They so Rock and big time for all they do! Let's just hope he doesn't get arrested if he goes into Japan!

Cindy Strousberg

Sea Shepherd you guys Rock !!!!

Rebecca Lynn M.
Rebecca Lynn D5 years ago

Go get 'em guys! Sink their entire fleet !

cori johnson
Cori johnson5 years ago

Fantastic, thank you!

Tanja Z.
Tanja Zilker5 years ago

great, great, great, Sea Shepherd´s

Ms N.
Past Member 5 years ago

That was just awesome. I would take my hat off if I had a hat to take off to those people!

Sandy Maytham
Sandy Hare5 years ago

Absolutely fantastic...thank you!

Neil A.
Neil A5 years ago

What great people & hope they do much more to stop these barbaric practices.
The people who kill whales & dolphins are inhumane sh**s. BOYCOTT ALL ALL JAPANESE GOODS.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Lindsey Williams
Lindsey Williams6 years ago

sea sheperd, paul watson, and ric o berry are the bomb