Accuses Captain Paul Watson of Obstructing Japanese Whaling Operations:
“Duh, ya think?”
Discovers that Sea Shepherd Obstructs Illegal Whaling Operations
Coast Guard has obtained an arrest warrant for the head of the anti-whaling
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for allegedly ordering members of the
group to obstruct operations by Japan's whaling fleet, investigative sources
I discovered today that the Japanese Coast Guard has issued an arrest warrant
against myself for ordering my crew to obstruct Japanese whaling operations
in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
seem amazing that it has taken five years for the Japanese Coast Guard to
discover that Sea Shepherd volunteers have obstructed illegal Japanese whaling
operations. We’ve only been obstructing whaling operations since December
2005 and every year we have been more successful than the year before. This
last season we saved the lives of more whales than the Japanese whalers
slaughtered and we cost them tens of millions of dollars.
of that Japan has been humiliated by the release of “The Cove,”
a documentary that had its genesis in the 2003 Sea Shepherd campaign that
exposed the brutality of the Taiji dolphin slaughter for the first time.
Japanese government is desperate to stop the Sea Shepherd ships from returning
to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary for the 2010 and 2011 season.
There is no doubt that the motives of the Japanese Coast Guard and the Japanese
government are political.
authorities in Japan, New Zealand, nor Australia have questioned the Captain
of the Shonan Maru 2 for deliberately ramming and destroying a three million
dollar Sea Shepherd vessel and almost killing six Sea Shepherd volunteer
is no case in recent maritime history where a ship has collided with another
vessel on the high seas and the captain of the ship responsible has not
even been questioned. Captain Peter Bethune is a citizen of New Zealand
and he was in command of a New Zealand registered vessel inside the waters
of the Australian Antarctic Territory. The vessel Ady Gil was sunk and destroyed
by the actions of the Shonan Maru 2, and yet not one representative of these
three nations has questioned the offending captain.
Japan arrested Captain Peter Bethune for confronting the captain of the
Shonan Maru 2 and now they have issued an arrest order for me.
When Japan requested that the Australian Federal Police board the Steve
Irwin and the Bob Barker to secure evidence for the benefit of Japan they
did so. Yet, Japan apparently has refused to board the Shonan Maru 2 to
assist the Australian or New Zealand authorities?
Australia intend to honor the arrest warrant issued by Japan and will they
detain and extradite myself to Japan because Japan demands that they do
Whatever happens, one thing is clear: the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
will return to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary to defend the whales from
continued illegal whaling activities.
as there is a Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, Sea Shepherd crew will continue
to patrol and defend the Sanctuary.