May 13th Marks One Year Since Captain
to believe it has been one year, as of today, that our esteemed Founder,
Captain Paul Watson, was arrested in Frankfurt, Germany on politically motivated,
10-year-old charges stemming from an incident in which he tried to intervene,
at the Government's request to stop Costa Rican shark poachers. No one was
hurt, no property was damaged, and the case was dismissed by local authorities.
In fact, the entire ordeal was documented in the 2007 film, “Sharkwater.”
Japan, who has thrown $30 million dollars of taxpayer and Tsunami Relief
Funds into stopping Sea Shepherd at all costs, later convinced Costa Rica
to re-open the charges, which led to his arrest.
that time, Captain Watson has been added to the Interpol Red List by Costa
Rica and subsequently Japan. He is listed alongside serial killers, child
abductors, and drug traffickers and still can't make landfall or else he'll
face unfair extradition and “kangaroo” trials in Costa Rica
and Japan, from which he will likely never be released or worse. All this
for the “crime” of intervening against illegal shark-finning
activities, on order of Guatemalan authorities, being conducted by convicted
shark poachers in a Costa Rican vessel in Guatemalan waters and for saving
thousands of whales in a whale sanctuary.
caring individuals have written, called, and pleaded to these and other
governments — reportedly more than 158,000 letters asking for Captain
Watson’s freedom received by the German Foreign Ministry alone —
to pardon Captain Watson and provide him safe haven. We continue to fight
for his freedom within the legal system. However, no matter what happens,
his legacy — Sea Shepherd Conservation Society — lives on as
the most effective direct action marine conservation organization in the
world, and that is what matters most to Captain Watson.
take a few moments today to watch this video, which was recorded at Sea
Shepherd's 35th anniversary celebration in Lyons, Colorado just two days
before Captain Watson’s unexpected arrest. Use this information to
keep fighting for this eco-warrior and to motivate all of us, individually,
to continue to fight for the future of our oceans.
continue to support Sea Shepherd and consider making a donation today in
honor of Captain Watson’s pioneering work. Your support is needed
now more than ever. Show Captain Watson as well as the poachers that the
citizens of the world will not stand down in the face of corruption and
greed, and that we will continue to fight so that our grandchildren, too,
will see and experience healthy, living oceans.
of everyone at Sea Shepherd, we thank you for your support!