On Friday, June 8, acclaimed filmmaker and environmental activist Rob Stewart will speak at the Royal Ontario Museum for an evening event called “Ignite a Revolution.” The Canadian director of the award-winning documentary Sharkwater will be on hand to kick start a new kind of environmental movement as well as give those in attendance a sneak peek at his upcoming feature Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for May, 2012
Cannes is holding a special event with celebrity guests in honor of Canadian environmentalist and Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson at the Hotel Martinez Beach during the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Watson was arrested May 13 at the Frankfurt Airport on a decade-old Costa Rican warrant related to a 2002 confrontation with the shark finning boat Varadero on Guatemalan waters. The incident was featured prominently in Rob Stewart’s award-winning 2007 film Sharkwater.
The event is “to free Paul Watson so he can continue to stop the destruction of habitat and the slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans and conserve and protect ecosystems and species everywhere.” After spending eight days behind bars, Watson was released from German jail yesterday on bail of 250,000 euros, but because Frankfurt’s higher regional court granted a preliminary extradition arrest warrant to Costa Rica, Watson must stay in Germany for up to 90 days until the case goes before the Ministry of Justice. A Sea Shepherd supporter donated the money for Watson’s bail.
Click here to find out how to get involved in the campaign to free Paul Watson.
Watch Watson’s press conference held yesterday outside Frankfurt’s Preungesheim Prison:
French film icon and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot has spoken out against Canadian environmentalist and Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson’s recent German imprisonment by offering to switch places with him in jail. “Being outraged by the fact that he’s been put in prison, I offer to take his place because I am his accomplice. I have always supported Paul Watson, my brother in arms,” said the retired actress in a statement.
Captain Watson faces extradition to Costa Rica for a decade-old warrant involving a 2002 confrontation with a Costa Rican shark finning boat on Guatemalan waters. This incident was featured prominently in the award-winning film Sharkwater. In 2011, Bardot, a long-time Sea Shepherd supporter, had one of their vessels named after her. Other celebrities who have publicly pledged their support to Sea Shepherd include Anthony Kiedis, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Pennand Emily Deschanel. Bardot has also campaigned against whaling in Japan, bear-hunting in New Jersey, wolf-hunting in Sweden, seal-hunting in Canada and the dolphin slaughter in Denmark. For more information on Captain Watson’s arrest click here.
Canadian environmentalist and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society founder Captain Paul Watson was arrested at the Frankfurt Airport over the weekend on a 10-year-old warrant. The Costa Rican warrant relates to an April 2002 run-in with an illegal Costa Rican shark finning vessel.The report also states Watson faces attempted murder char
ges involving the same event. The incidents, captured in the 2007 award-winning documentarySharkwater, involved the Sea Shepherd ship the Ocean Warriorand the Costa Rican vessel theVaradero. The Sea Shepherd’s crew apprehended the Varadero for illegal shark finning under orders from Guatemalan authorities. While escorting the Varadero back to port, the Sea Shepherd vessel was confronted by a Guatemalan gunboat, dispatched to intercept the Ocean Warrior’s crew.The crew of the Varadero had falsely accused the Sea Shepherds of trying to kill them. Watson is currently in temporary
custody and a judge will decide later whether to formally place in detention pending extradition. Watson is being assisted in jail by European Parliament Vice President Daniel Cohn Bendit and the European deputy Jose Bove.
Click here to watch footage from Sharkwater. To purchase or rent Sharkwater in Canada, click here. To purchase or rent Sharkwater in the United States, click here. To purchase or rent Sharkwater in Germany, click here. For more news on this story see:http://www.ecorazzi.com/2012/05/13/sea-shepherds-paul-watson-arrested-in-germany/
For more information on Sea Shepherd Conservation Society visit:http://www.seashepherd.org/