May 2012

Urgent call to Sea Shepherd supporters

2012-May-17   ::   (0 comments)

Captain Paul Watson
Captain Paul Watson

Help Save Captain Watson from Extradition to Costa Rica! Today in Frankfurt, Germany the general Public Prosecutor to the Higher Regional Court requested a preliminary extradition arrest warrant against Captain Paul Watson, on the basis of the local arrest warrant and request for extradition from Costa Rica. In a highly unusual move, the Public Prosecutor stated that the German Ministry of Justice and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs have the power to stop the extradition procedures on political grounds.

If the German Ministry of Justice and/or the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs give notice that they would not grant an extradition of Paul Watson to Costa Rica the case would be over, and Captain Watson would be set free immediately. We ask his supporters to continue to appeal the German Ministry of Justice for help.

Sea Shepherd representatives were able to visit Captain Watson in the Frankfurt prison this morning and they were able to record the following statement from Captain Watson:

In our efforts to defend the lives of whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, and fish we have made some powerful enemies, most notably the government of Japan. It is no coincidence that the extradition request by Costa Rica was issued the same month (October 2011) as the Japanese whaling (ICR) lawsuit against Sea Shepherd was initiated. The extradition request was in reference to a complaint from Costa Rican fishermen who I caught poaching in Guatemalan waters. The fishermen were not injured and their boat was not damaged. The incident was fully documented for the film Sharkwater. Interpol originally denied this extradition order and deemed it as politically motivated. Therefore the question must be asked why Germany is now taking into account accusations made by illegal poachers.”- Captain Paul Watson

Captain Watson has travelled extensively throughout the world since the Costa Rican government issued this arrest warrant in October of 2011. He has been to Australia, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, etc. None of these countries have sought to arrest Captain Watson as Germany has.

Should Captain Watson be extradited to Costa Rica, he will certainly not receive a fair trial and his safety cannot be guaranteed. The shark finning mafia, which operates illegally in Costa Rica, could try to harm Captain Watson and this reality has him fearing for his life. Sea Shepherd is doing everything it can to provide Captain Watson the best legal defense team possible. Between the illegal Japanese whalers and the shark finning mafia in Costa Rica, Captain Watson has formidable enemies who seek to stop his efforts to defend marine life.

Here you will find a sample letter to the Federal Minister of Justice Germany.

Permaculture-Course in Bavaria, Gemany

2012-May-11   ::   (0 comments)

Nature provides us with everything
Green Gold

The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature and of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them. Permaculture as an interdisciplinary earth science was founded in the 1970s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren.

Today thousands of people around the world attend design courses, workshops and seminars in order to learn how to apply Permaculture to their daily life. "Permakultur lernen", that means "Permaculture learning", is a German non profit organization which is dedicated to bring people closer to the concept and principles of Permaculture. In Germany you can participate in a 72 hour course on a idyllic and beautiful farm near Chiemsee in Bavaria. At the moment we give Permaculure classes only in German. However, if you wish to attend, we are looking forward to arrange a English translator. Please get in touch with us.