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Call to Free Captain Paul Watson

I just realized that the German Consulate General is just down the street from where I work.


Captain Paul Watson arrested and jailed in Germany on Costa Rica warrant

Free the man who will not stand for illegal fishing and whaling

German Consulate General
Marquis Two Tower, Suite 901
285 Peachtree Center Avenue, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303-1221
Phone (404) 659 4760
Fax (404) 659 1280

Hello, I’m here to speak to someone about freeing Captain Paul Watson, on the basis of an arrest warrant from 10 years ago, issued by a State (Costa Rica) that was the flag flying on an illegal fishing vessel in another State’s (Guatemala’s) waters (Captain Watson was asked, by the way, to intervene by that other State and to stop the illegal fishing activity), illegally catching and illegally finning and illegally discarding still-live as well as dead illegally de-finned sharks, a warrant that was not honored or recognized as valid just days ago by Interpol.

To whom may I speak to provide my comment? About illegal fishing that Germany certainly does not want to support?

I expect to say something like that to the Atlanta Consul, or his secretary’s secretary.

I am acting as part of a group that is planning to have call day to German Embassies and Consulates General all around the world.  The link contains links to addresses and phone numbers.

Thursday, May 17.  Call an German Embassy or Consulate General.

And now a song as I unplug and close my eyes.

Do me a favor before I go.

Will you do me a favor?

Stand on up.

Stand on up.

And be counted for protecting marine life.  And speaking out against thinly-veiled, unjust harassment by unknown and unnamed thugs who would kill all marine life for half a buck.

Hold on.  I’m coming.

Captain Paul Watson arrested in Germany to get me to watch Sharkwater

Okay.  Not true.  Captain Paul Watson has no freaking idea who I am.  Or whether I have or have not watched Sharkwater.  But the fact remains that, as a direct result of the Captain’s arrest, I am watching Sharkwater on this rainy Sunday afternoon.

Fact on the ground:  Captain Paul Watson was arrested in Germany.  Here are reports so far from Sea Shepherd, the Cyber Whale Warrior community, Digital Journal and in Ecorazzi.

As noted in the reports, the arrest warrant issued by Costa Rica appears to be related to Captain Watson’s and the Sharkwater filmmakers’ (including the amazing Rob Stewart, whose mission was the making of Sharkwater, and who wrote, produced and directed it) encounter with some illegal fishing of sharks by a vessel flying a Costa Rican flag, or was it flying another flag in Costa Rican waters. Or were they in Galapagos Island Waters.

Clearly I don’t know much.  Which is why I went searching for how to watch Sharkwater.  What I found was that Sharkwater was accessible in snippets on YouTube, posted by Isurus3.  I had confessed earlier today to my marine animal loving cadre, the folks over at Cyber Whale Warrior and Save Misty the Dolphin, that I had only seen the trailer.  That turned out not to be true.  Today I discovered that I had, in fact, watched Sharkwater last year; I just don’t recall how.

So for your convenience, and mine, those snippets of Sharkwater:










So, here’s the thing.  As wonderful as YouTube is and all that, I am trying to download iTunes (I don’t freaking have iTunes on my computer? WTF!) so that I can download an HD version of Sharkwater and watch it on my big(ger) screen.  All at once.  Well, the streamy thing is, well, you know.

And besides which, I want to support more work to protect sharks, and the guys at Sharkwater are doing just that.

What can we do?  Watch the movie, sign a pledge to help spread the word about the dire situation that fishermen are creating for sharks.  And for you and me.

Let the governments know that Captain Paul Watson is the hero here and that they are prosecuting the good guys.

So, Captain Paul.  Thank you for every every everything you do; but really, next time, check to see if I’ve seen the movie.