‘We’re going to see more questioning of the government in the future’: Sea Shepherd’s Cpt. Watson on Japan

Cpt. Paul Watson valiantly battled jet lag to speak with reporter at The Humane Society of the United States’ 2011 Genesis Awards / Photo: Katerina Lorenzatos Makris

By Katerina Lorenzatos Makris

“I am presently in a place on this planet where I feel comfortable,” wrote Captain Paul Watson in a recent to his (SSCS)’s website, “a safe place far away from the scheming nations who have turned a blind eye to the exploitation of our oceans.”

If the founder and president of the 35-year-old environmental protection group seems a bit vague about his whereabouts, it might be because a couple of weeks ago he jumped bail in Germany, where on May 13th he had been detained for extradition to Costa Rica. Read the rest of this entry »

Sea Shepherd: ‘Nothing Japan does will stop us from returning to Antarctica this season’

Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson in a fundraising video (before his arrest) / Photo: Sea Shepherd

By Katerina Lorenzatos Makris

A middle-aged, white-haired guy recently jumped bail and left Germany.  Given the fact that doing so is not illegal, according to his attorney, perhaps it’s not uncommon.

But probably most other people who skip bail in Germany and flee its borders don’t have their own —one of Animal Planet’s most highly rated ones—with more than a million viewers per episode.

And probably they don’t run a large international animal protection organization that some praise as heroic and others condemn as a gang of eco-pirates. Read the rest of this entry »


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