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Ian Somerhalder Asks for Support of Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson

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Ian Somerhalder called for support of Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson yesterday.

The actor and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador tweeted to his more than 2 million followers, “Had great meeting w/Cap Paul Watson of @SeaShepherd -I adore this man&his org.He needs some help&I need you guys to help me-No $ just tweets.” The star of “The Vampire Diaries” met with Watson at Germany’s BloodyCon vampire conference, where Watson was speaking.

Watson is still in Germany where he must remain until his extradition to Costa Rica is decided. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society founder/president was arrested in Frankfurt last month on a warrant based on an initiative against illegal shark finning in 2002, a campaign featured in the documentary Sharkwater.

He has since been released on bail until the Germany Ministry of Justice decides whether or not he will be extradited. Watson remarked about the arrest, which came a decade after the campaign in question for an alleged ‘violation of ships traffic,’ “It’s very strange that this so-called extradition thing was dismissed by Interpol in every country except Germany. I haven’t gotten an explanation on that – but maybe the courts will enlighten us.” Meanwhile, Watson has made it clear that Sea Shepherd’s direct action campaigns will continue despite his current situation. He posted this list of their campaigns for the rest of the year to his Facebook.

Somerhalder isn’t the only celeb to speak out in Watson’s defense. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and champion surfer Kelly Slater have called for his immediate release, and Alicia Silverstone sent out an urgent call for support on her blog The Kind Life. Long-time friend of Watson and Sea Shepherd supporter Brigitte Bardot even offered to take his place in prison.

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  • romika3

    The problem here is that all of these “stars”, who claim to support Paul Watson are doing it because of an opportunity to promote themselves and grow their millions. They know nothing of the fishermen who live off less than $25,000.00, and how Watson demonized a hard working people. Watson’s purpose… to make money on the backs of a hard working people. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_gTBDFTXE

    • PokerRay

      Please tell us how supporting SSCS “grows” millions for an actor.

      And if these guys are making less than $25,000, why are they going to the trouble and risk of going to the Antarctic to do it? It sounds like Watson is doing them a favor.

      They’re not fishermen, they’re whalers. Shall we have sympathy for the drug dealer who is making less than $25,000?

      Are you comfortable with being this obtuse?

  • guest

    Paul Watson is wrong about Interpol dismeissing a warrant, Interpol does not have the authority to either issue a warrant or dismiss one. They simply review requests for notices and either release it or not, but that decission has not affect on the status of the warrant, individual countires are ALWAYS free to decide on warrants and extradition requests themselves:


  • Uttanumtos

    Another silly actor who doesn’t know how to be in the spot light.

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