In the winter of 2013, the Sea Shepherds returned to the Southern Ocean off the coast of Antarctica to resume their fight and protest against the Japanese whaling fleet. However, due to international injunctions against him and because he is the subject of an “Interpol Red Notice”, Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd’s founder, was prohibited from participating.
In August of 2014, Paul Watson sat down in an undisclosed location for an exclusive interview.
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At the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Australia has filed a complaint questioning the legality of Japan’s whaling practices in the Southern Ocean.
A ruling is expected in 2014.
90% of 2012 Japanese survey participants said they had not
bought whale meat in the past year.
In 2008, 13 million people went whale watching in 119 countries
generating over $2 billion worldwide.
Since they began their Antarctic Whale Defense in the Southern Ocean in 2002, Sea Shepherd claims to have saved the lives of 6000 whales.
If Watson and Sea Shepherd U.S.A. are found in contempt by a U.S. appeals court, they could face fines up to $2 million - unless they stay away from the Japanese fleet in the upcoming season.
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