SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras: Free Captain Paul Watson now!

Free Paul Watson!

I guess it is some sort of badge of courage that world governments and populations take an interest in you, but one would hope they do so for similar reasons. This is not the case in Frankfurt, Germany at the moment.

While people around the world revere Captain Paul Watson for the stands he takes to save whales, as featured on the popular Animal Planet series Whale Wars, the German government has him under arrest for a 2005 complaint for the very actions millions cheer for each week. I hear the arresting officers were fans of the series, which was recently released there.

As I understand it, Paul Watson was arrested on an Interpol warrant for a complaint from Costa Rican fishermen for a collision at sea. Watson claims the fishermen were illegally poaching shark, and he intervened. The incident in question was caught on video by the crew filming Sharkwater, a feature length documentary film originally released in Canada in 2007. I have not seen the film, but understand the original arrest was featured and no one was injured nor was there any property damage.

Sea Shepherd has a past history of favorable actions in Costa Rica. In addition to Sharkwater, my film,Confessions of an Eco-terrorist documents Watson and his crew chasing illegal poachers out of the Cocos Island, a Costa Rican national park since 1978. This was something the local authorities had not been able to do by themselves for years.

Again, no one was injured.

Who cares, and why arrest him now? Have Watson’s actions against Japanese whalers finally hit home? Is it finally getting to the Japanese? Australians? Americans? Governments will only put up with rebellion for so long and perhaps Watson has finally pushed them too far? Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that the extradition request by Costa Rica was issued the same month (October 2011) as the Japanese lawsuit against Sea Shepherd was initiated.

Let’s face it, governments, in general are guilty as hell of double-talk pretty much all of the time.

We Americans oppose whaling and we have laws against it. Why then does our government, as “green” as they appear, sign waivers to allow the Japanese to kill whales every year? The Australian people oppose whaling yet their government does nothing to stop the Japanese from reaping their slaughter within their economic zone. Why? Quite simply: money.

Let’s hope the German government is wise enough to see through this harassment and release Captain Watson. I understand he was on his way to Cannes, the film festival, obviously on a covert mission to save the earth. He is no danger to anyone except those profiting from the death of our planet. It is better off for all of us that Captain Watson is released and allowed his freedom of travel.

The Danish Faeroe Islands are killing whales, the Japanese will continue to take whales in a sanctuary, and Germany holds Watson in jail for bumping a ship flagged to Costa Rica?

Do I understand this right?

I support law enforcement in some cases, but this is ridiculous. Let the man go free. Let him get back to his business of saving our oceans. Unless you are a whaler, you have to agree. We need whales in order to survive, and I come down with those who believe we don’t need so many illegal fishermen, no matter where they come from. I will watch the proceedings in Germany, and others should too. We cannot let legal harassment such as this sidetrack our focus.

Let’s quit screwing around and free Watson. Believe me, future generations will appreciate it.

Source: Huff Post Green

Sharkwater Film by Rob Stewart Proof Sea Shepherd Captain Innocent

 TORONTO, ONTARIO, May 17, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Editor’s Note: There is a photo associated with this press release

Filmmaker Rob Stewart joins the global call to free Paul Watson, the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, after German officials continue to detain him with a preliminary extradition arrest warrant to Costa Rica. Stewart has now released video evidence from his documentary Sharkwater to prove Watson’s innocence.

Captain Paul Watson was detained in Germany on May 12, 2012 for an international warrant for his arrest. The arrest is based on allegations of violating “ships traffic” in Guatemalan waters, after a clash in 2002 between fishermen on the ship Varadero 1 who were illegally poaching sharks and the Sea Shepherd’s ship, Ocean Warrior.

The event took place during the filming of Rob Stewart’s award-winning documentary Sharkwater, released in 2007, which brought the shark finning industry into the spotlight. Stewart says his film disproves the accusations made against Watson; a released clip of the incident is made available here (credit Sharkwater).

“The fishermen were not injured and their boat was not damaged,” said Toronto filmmaker Rob Stewart, who witnessed the altercation. “There was no attempt to harm any human life. The charges were originally dropped once the authorities saw my footage. Paul’s arrest does however show that the same problems portrayed in Sharkwater may still plague Costa Rica – and now more than ever we need Paul Watson free.”

Shark finning is an often illegal-practice, whereby sharks are killed for their fins, the key ingredient in shark fin soup, a popular dish in the Asian market. In just a few decades, some shark populations have declined by over 95 per cent, and their populations continue to plummet.

“This is a great injustice, as sharks play a vital role to the health of our marine ecosystems,” said Stewart. “That is why I founded United Conservationists, a collaborative global response to sustain the ecosystems we depend on. If the sharks and humans are to survive the challenges ahead, we must build a global movement.”

Stewart is calling on everyone to put pressure on the German Federal Minister of Justice and Federal Affairs to free Watson immediately.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Watson Extradition To Be Ready On Friday

While environmentalist Paul Watson sits in a jail in Germany, Costa Rican authorities have been busy translating into English, German and French the extradition documents.

The formal presentation for the extradition of the Canadian, who was detained earlier this week in Frankfurt on an international warrant, is expected to be made on Friday.

Federico Morales, member of the law firm Quirós Abogados Central Law, is lead counsel to defend Watson, a statement from Watson said. Morales, if you will recall, represented Edgar Valverde, the president of Acatel Costa Rica in the ICE-Alcatel case.

For the government, the case is being led by Luis Peraza, who said “It is unconscionable for reasons of environmental protection, to endanger the lives of eight people, who all have Costa Rican families, hence it was necessary to start a judicial process against Captain Watson”.

Watson has been held in custody at Frankfurt airport since last Sunday. The case stems from a collision between Watson’s then ship, Farley Mowat, and the Costa Rican shark fishing boat Varadero in April 2002. At the time, Sea Shepherd was campaigning in the central Pacific against shark finning.

The accusation and decision to extradite Watson had public opinion divided.

The ministero de Ambiente, Rene Castro, said publicly, “I respect the cause, but not methods”.

Source: Inside



~ by FSVSF Admin on 17 May, 2012.

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