Dummer Educates Concert-Goers about Cruel Practice of Shark-Finning

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — July 11, 2012 — Outspoken rocker Tommy Lee, iconic drummer of the legendary heavy metal band Motley Crue, spoke up on behalf of global marine conservation group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and its world-renowned founder and eco-hero, Captain Paul Watson — currently awaiting extradition to Costa Rica in Germany —at a recent Motley Crue concert in Bamberg, Germany.

With Sea Shepherd’s Jolly Roger logo larger than life as a backdrop, Tommy told concert-goers Captain Watson is being detained in Frankfurt, Germany for extradition to Costa Rica on a 2002 warrant for interfering with an illegal shark-finning operation.  Tommy also educated the crowd about the destructive and barbaric practice of shark-finning, in which the fins are sliced off of nearly 100 million live sharks per year — many endangered — and their helpless bodies thrown back in the sea to drown, starve or suffocate or be preyed upon by other marine species.  Tommy encouraged fans to contact Germany’s Ministry of Justice to demand Captain Watson’s release and then led fans in the chant “Free Paul Watson!” After the concert, Tommy took some time out to say a few more words about why this issue is vitally important:

“Hello, I’m Tommy Lee from Motley Crue and I’m using my voice and my presence to make some noise for Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd crew. Please do what you can to do the same…for our oceans…for our future…for our kids. For everything, man. Make some noise.”  Watch the video here:

In the 60 days since his arrest, a cavalcade of Hollywood supporters has voiced their concerns over Captain Watson’s pending extradition.  In addition to Tommy Lee, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have spoken out while on tour.  The French heavy metal band Gojira invited Watson to address the crowd of 150,000 fans at the recent Rock AM Ring Festival in Germany. “Free Captain Paul Watson” video statements have been made by Daryl Hannah (“Splash”), Pamela Anderson (“Baywatch”), Michelle Rodriguez (“Avatar”), Rutger Hauer (“Bladerunner”), Richard Dean Anderson (“MacGuyver”), Bob Barker (“The Price is Right”), philanthropist and entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria (Paul Mitchell Haircare and Patròn Spirits), Perrey Reeves (“Entourage”), child actor Zach Callison (“Kingshighway”), Louie Psihoyos (Director, “The Cove”), and Xavier Rudd (Australian recording artist), and supportive tweets and letters have been sent by Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Martin Sheen (“Apocalypse Now,” “The West Wing”).  To see additional videos, click here:

The incident Tommy discussed took place on the high seas in Guatemalan waters in 2002 when Sea Shepherd encountered an illegal shark-finning operation run by Costa Rican vessel, the Varadero.  On order of Guatemalan authorities, Sea Shepherd instructed the crew of the Varadero to cease their shark-finning activities and head back to port to be prosecuted.  While escorting the Varadero back to port, the tables were turned and a Guatemalan gunboat was dispatched to intercept the Sea Shepherd crew.  To avoid the Guatemalan gunboat, Sea Shepherd then set sail for Costa Rica, where the crew uncovered even more illegal shark-finning activities in the form of dried shark fins by the thousands on the roofs of industrial buildings.  Watson was arrested May 13 at Frankfurt Airport en route to Cannes, France and is currently in Day 59 of his detainment.  Interpol originally dismissed this arrest warrant and extradition order and deemed it as politically motivated.  However, for reasons that remain unexplained, Germany has not dismissed the warrant despite Interpol’s dismissal.  Captain Watson has travelled extensively throughout the world since the Costa Rican government, Sea Shepherd has learned, issued this arrest warrant in the fall of 2011.  He has been to Australia, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom among other nations, none of which has sought to arrest Captain Watson as Germany has.
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