The Amazon Pink Dolphin´s Voice: The Washington 9th Circuit Court permits Japan to kill whales in the Antarctic Reserve
Statement from Captain Paul Watson
Captain Paul Watson on the bridge of the SSS Steve irwin
Photo: Tim Watters / Sea ShepherdFor 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.
Paul Watson steps down as Sea Shepherd leader, Australian Greens’ Bob Brown takes over
By Adam Westlake / January 8, 2013 /
The growing legal issues against extremist animal rights group Sea Shepherd have prompted founderPaul Watson to step down from the position of president of the U.S. and Australian chapters. The fugitive Canadian national has given control of the renown anti-whaling organization to Bob Brown, a former politician and leader of the Australian Greens party.
Watson, who came out of hiding in December after skipping bail in Germany last summer, says he will still remain on board one of Sea Shepherd’s vessels and participate in this year’s fight against Japan’s whale hunt in the Southern Ocean, however he will take a back seat to Brown as captain. The 62 year old will serve to document this year’s campaign, titled “Operation Zero Tolerance,” and offer advice if needed, but he denies that the change in leadership is just for appearances. Brown, a known conservationist, says he is honored to be able to help the whales of the Southern Ocean and play such a significant part within the Sea Shepherd organization, also adding that Watson will remain in the background when it comes to control.
A U.S. appeals court granted an injunction to Japan’s whaling fleet last month, ordering all Sea Shepherd vessels to remain at least 500 yards away and operate in a safe manner while at sea. Jeff Hansen, the Sea Shepherd Australia director, says that because Watson was specifically named in the court ruling, it limited the activists’ in their fight against whaling, adding that the captain’s resignation was “proof of his selflessness.” Watson continues to be wanted by Japanese authorities for actions against the country’s whaling fleet in previous years, many of which have been seen as violent and dangerous, including using a Sea Shepherd vessel to ram one of Japan’s boats, as well as a boarding incident with destruction of property. There also remain two Interpol red notices issued.
The Sea Shepherd founder issued a statement that he would “respect and comply with the ruling of the U.S. 9th District Court” and refrain from violating the injunction granted to the Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR), the Japanese organization that operates theyearly whale hunts. Hidenobu Sobashima, the Japanese consul-general in Melbourne, Australia, has responded to the leadership change by reiterating the concerns that Sea Shepherd’s actions will continue to jeopardize the safety of the crews that operate Japan’s scientific whaling research. The government official declined to comment on questions about whether Japan has requested Australia’s cooperation in detaining Watson, should he come ashore, however the now-former Sea Shepherd leader has accused the government of New Zealand of siding with Japan’s whalers after the organization’s ships were searched over the weekend.
Source: http://japandailypress.com/paul-watson-steps-down-as-sea-shepherd-leader-australian-greens-bob-brown-takes-over-0821046 THE JAPAN DAILY PRESS
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