A call has gone out to all Sea Shepherd supporters for what is being dubbed a Day of Action on July 20, 2012. An online visual petition is amassing signatures and pleas for Watson’s freedom to be presented to German authorities.
Although Capt. Watson has been released from jail he cannot leave Germany until what followers and he himself call a charade and a politically motivated legal maneuver.
Supporters want to create a strong worldwide voice for that Day of Action, which ideally would have crowds out in force at German consulates and embassies around the world. Update: Capt. Watson has fled Germany, confirmed by his attorney and Sea Shepherd. Japan has inserted itself into the process.
If that is impossible to do, the Sea Shepherd organization wants written petitions and captioned photos of supporters uploaded to its Flickr account or alternatively emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. A link to a site with more information is posted below.
Watson is being detained in Germany for extradition to Costa Rica for an alleged “violation of ships’ traffic,” which occurred during the 2002 filming of the award-winning documentary, “Sharkwater.” He was arrested in Germany on May 13 on his way to Cannes.
Only last week, Captain Watson published his thoughts on this predicament in the Costa Rica Star. His open letter reads in part:
I have an excuse for not attending the current meeting of the International Whaling Commission.
I do grow weary of the annual charade now playing out in Panama. Once again the impotent, greedy, ruthless forces of anthropocentrism and anthrocultural imperialism gather to sit in judgment of the magnificent minds in our oceans.
Japan sees themselves merrily harpooning whales in the Southern Ocean in the future just as they envision the possibility of unrestricted whaling operations in the North Pacific and the Southern Ocean.
Sea Shepherd cut their kills to 26% this season. We cut their kills to 17% last season. It can be done and it can be done without causing injury to the whalers and it can be done within the boundaries of international law.” The full text of his letter can be found, here.
Watson went on to lambaste the Obama Administration and the current Australian Labor government. On the Animal Planet program, Whale Wars no matter how intense the action or how nerve wracking the moment, Capt. Watson is mild mannered. Not so when he is asked to express himself in print.
In the current season of Whale Wars, viewers have seen ramped up action that occurred during the whaling season of late 2011 and early 2012. Read: Blood spilled by Japanese attack on Sea Shepherd crew.
When we last left our intrepid Sea Shepherd crew members they had just been assaulted by harpoons thrown from the Japanese security boat the Shonan Maru #2 and had not had a chance to assess the injuries incurred. Link to more information on the Day of Action and where to submit online petitions, here.
This Friday night at 10:00 p.m. on Animal Planet's Whale Wars drama will continue as the fate of the injured is assessed.