‘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 »


‘How I became first an animal lover and second a politician’ – U.S. Congressman Sam Farr

U.S. Congressman Sam Farr in action on the floor of Congress / Photo: Congressman Sam Farr

While covering conference recently, Animal Issues Reporter.org’s correspondent Catherine Cowan heard an impassioned speech by , a Democrat from California. TAFA and Rep. Farr’s staff members kindly provided the following transcript.

Speech at TAFA conference by Rep. Sam Farr:

You’ve asked a politician to say a few words tonight to a group of prominent animal lovers.

I thought it would be interesting to relate how I became first an animal lover and second a politician. Read the rest of this entry »


Cheetahs taken from Namibia to Cuban zoo ‘will be OK,’ says animal protection group

Cheetah protection group is ‘happy that Namibia’s incredible natural wealth will be shared with the Cuban people’ / Photo: BigStock

By Katerina Lorenzatos Makris

Namibia, already the target of heated criticism for the annual slaughter of desert seals on its Atlantic Coast (Cpt. Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd calls it “”), has drawn more outrage from animal advocates for a program now in progress to capture some 150 native wild animals and send them across the world to the Cuban national zoo.

However one animal protection group operating in Namibia, , supports the Namibian-Cuban “Noah’s Ark II” project, as it’s known.

CCF assistant director of international programs Patricia Tricorache recently explained the group’s views in the following email interview with Animal Issues Reporter (AIR). Read the rest of this entry »


Drugs and high stress could kill wildlife captured and exported by Namibia, says NSPCA

Namibian government might select younger animals as it traps and transfers wildlife to Cuban zoo, says NSPCA / Photo: BigStock

By Katerina Lorenzatos Makris

“Disgust” was the word an animal welfare organization used to describe its view of the Namibian government’s trap and transfer about 150 wild animals of a variety of species to the Cuban national zoo—the “Noah’s Ark II” project now in progress.

“These are captured from a large reserve and sent into small holding pens or bomas for a few months and then crated, exposed to noise and handling, long travelling times and extreme stress associated with all these processes,” a spokesperson for South Africa’s told Animal Issues Reporter in an email interview. Read the rest of this entry »


‘The capture has started’: Namibia traps wildlife for export to Cuba

Namibia plans to trap and send some 150 wild animals, possibly including cheetahs, to Cuba / Photo: BigStock

by Katerina Lorenzatos Makris

“The earth is not ours,” the N told a group assembled at a country club earlier this month. “It is a treasure we hold in trust for future generations.”

During the same given at the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s Gala Dinner, Hon. Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said, “As you may all know by now, Namibia has decided to donate some game to the Republic of Cuba and the process of capture has started.”

According to the in neighboring South Africa, Namibia will take some 150 animals of a variety of species from the wild and transport them across the Atlantic to El Parque Zoológico Nacional de Cuba, the Cuban national zoo. Read the rest of this entry »


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