19 May 2012

Help Save Captain Watson from Extradition to Costa Rica!

Captain Paul Watson at the helm of the Sea Shepherd flagship,  the Steve Irwin. Photo: Barbara Veiga
From Sea Shepherd website
In shocking news, German officials have decided to proceed with the extradition of Captain Watson to Costa Rica - Captain Watson has been Sea Shepherd's captain for 31 years, has run for Parliament in Canada for the Green Party. 
Statement from Captain Watson: In our efforts to defend the lives of whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, and fish we have made some powerful enemies, most notably the government of Japan. It is no coincidence that the extradition request by Costa Rica was issued the same month (October 2011) as the Japanese whaling (ICR) lawsuit against Sea Shepherd was initiated. The extradition request was in reference to a complaint from Costa Rican fishermen who I caught poaching in Guatemalan waters. The fishermen were not injured and their boat was not damaged. The incident was fully documented for the film Sharkwater. Interpol originally denied this extradition order and deemed it as politically motivated. Therefore the question must be asked why Germany is now taking into account accusations made by illegal poachers.”- Captain Paul Watson.

See more background here (the first part of video is in English) and latest update here with email addresses to join me in taking action.  It would appear that there is a political nature to this extradition - and almost certainly lead to his death in the hands of Taiwanese Shark Fin Mafia who already have a huge bounty on his head.

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