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An update on Paul Watson's arrest in Frankfurt, Germany for shark conservation campaignAn update on Paul Watson's arrest in Frankfurt, Germany for shark conservation campaign

Update on Arrest of Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson

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Earlier, we shared the news of Captain Paul Watson‘s arrest in Frankfurt, Germany. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society founder/president was arrested on a warrant for extradition to Costa Rica.

According to a statement from Sea Shepherd, the arrest warrant was in response to an “alleged violation of ships traffic” in Guatemalan waters during a 2002 (earlier reported as 2005) campaign against illegal shark finning.

This evening, celeb conservationist Elissa Sursara sent us an update from Watson. She wrote, “Paul just texted me from the airport jail. He says he is allowed periodic access to his mobile phone and is being treated well. One of the police officers is a vegan and even asked for an autograph. He says he is comfortable, but fighting a horrible cold. He said the Costa Ricans are trying to arrest him for the events around Sharkwater but believes he will (might) be released tomorrow. A fishermen accused Paul of trying to kill him, though Paul says it is evident that he did not and that evidence is on film. He said the warrant dates back to an event in 2002 and he is unclear why they have issued it ten years later. I told him about all the concern and support on Facebook and Twitter and he says thank you and that it’s very encouraging. The police have given him a vegan salad for dinner. He has two lawyers who came to him by way of the European Parliament and he will see the judge tomorrow morning.”

Sea Shepherd also reports that a new shark campaign is in the works for this year, as shark populations continue to face serious threats, calling it a “global campaign to save sharks from extinction.” The operation will be led by Shark Savers and Shark Angels founder Julie Andersen.

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  • Georgina0912

    For shame, and here i am so proud to be a Costa Rican and my own government allows such atrocities. Once i thought my country was a very forward peoples for electing a woman as a president, but now, after a couple of years in presidency, Laura Chinchilla’s period at the helm of my country will go down as one of the more corrupt governments in history.

    • romika

      I believe that the issue is that Watson and the SSCS do not have “policing” rights or the authority to do what they do. Watson claims he has these rights based on his shallow and hollow interpretation of a UN clause. Watson’s organized has evolved into an “opportunist” eco-terrorist organization attacking both legal (sealers, Faroe islanders, Japan(exploiting a loophole)) and illegal fishermen (shark fining). Target selection is based solely on the media and money making potential and nothing more. He admitted this is a CBC interview and his philosophy still applies today. Regarding change, he and his organization has brought little and in fact there is literature showing that he has actually prolonged some activities as people “dig in” when outsiders drop in and exploit an issue as Watson does.

      • tomislav

        Legal killing does not mean that its right and Paul Watson is doing what he can to stop that. Money for Sea Shepherd is spend on their campaign, not for “personal stuff”. Paul Watson isn’t a rich man.

        • romika3

          Regarding Watson being a poor man. From Charity Navigator: They state that his salary is $121,601 Paul Watson President, Executive Director. In addition this is a document that was posted on Ecorazzi last year that shows considerable real estate holdings in Alaska and Florida .

    • romika3

      What you have to do in this case is separate the issue (shark fining) and Watson. Although shark fining is a cruel and illegal practice, Paul Watson has no authority of act and that is where the problem has been with this organization.

  • guest

    ” but believes he will (might) be released tomorrow.” Since he has a history of running, why would they release him?


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