Kinship Circle: ACT NOW To Free Captured Sea Shepherd Crew Members

January 16th, 2008 4:27 pm by Kelly Garbato

UPDATE, 1/19/08:

Just read on Green Is The New Red that the two captured Sea Shepherd crew members have been released, relatively unharmed.

Here’s Will with the details:

Two anti-whaling activists that have been held hostage by Japanese whalers were released today, after the Australian government intervened. […]

Benjamin Potts, 28, and Giles Lane, 35, were transferred to an Australian vessel, the Oceanic Viking. According to a statement (and the video above), they were roughed up a bit when they boarded but otherwise weren’t harmed.

Gabriel Gonzalez, a spokesman for The Institute of Cetacean Research in Tokyo (the whalers, gotta love the misleading name) told The Telegraph that the two were initially tied up because they might have been carrying bombs or weapons.

“This is a terrorist organisation, let us be clear of that, and if they respond with aggressive tactics, who knows what might happen,” he said.

So let’s get this all straight. Two activists board a ship, with a letter of intent, because the whalers refused to respond to radio communications. Whalers rough them up, tie them up, and then Yasuaki Sasaki, the captain, makes a series of demands, including activists must stop filming the whalers’ activities and not come within 10 nautical miles of the whaling ship.

But the anti-whaling advocates are the terrorists?



———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at]
Date: 2008/1/15
Subject: ACT NOW To Free Captured Sea Shepherd Crew Members

Due to the urgency of this situation, Kinship Circle is forwarding this alert, as received, from Win Animal Rights.

This is NOT a Kinship Circle alert.

Please reply to sender: Centcom – centcom [at]

Kinship Circle stands behind the actions of Win Animal Rights and Sea Shepherd.

Please help free Sea Shepherd crew members held captive on a Japanese Whaler vessel. READ BELOW…

Kinship Circle

—— Forwarded Message
From: Centcom – centcom [at]
Organization: Win Animal Rights
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 16:53:13 -0500
Subject: [WAR] URGENT
Take Action Now to Secure Release of Captured Sea Shepherd Crew Members

*****Cross Post Widely & Quickly*****


Kinship Circle - 2008-01-15 - ACT NOW To Free Captured Sea Shepherd Crew Members

Two Sea Shepherd Crew Still Being Held Captive on Japanese Whaler Yushin Maru No 2

For stories on what happened: (most recent stories listed first) (has picture of them being bound in ropes);jsessionid=T2YYSZM0PL3LRQFIQMFSFFOAVCBQ0IV0?xml=/earth/2008/01/15/eajapan115.xml

or visit the Sea Shepherd’s website at for the latest updates.


Who: Japanese Consulate General – New York City
Where: 299 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10171 (between 48th and 49th Streets)
When: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 1:00 PM
Bring appropriate signs or banners if you have them

CALL: (212) 371-8222 (be patient as you will have to listen to long messages in japanese and then english)

FAX: (212) 371-1294

inquiry [at]
goikenbako [at]
visainfo [at]

Ambassador and Consul General Motoatsu Sakurai
Japanese Consulate General
299 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10171

For a listing of other staff members at the Japanese Consulate Office visit:

Ambassador Ryozo Kato
Embassy of Japan in the USA
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008

 202-238-6700 (Main)
 202-238-6800 (Visa)
 202-238-6900 (Japan Information & Cultural Center)
 202-238-6773 (JET Office in the Embassy)

 202-328-2187 (Main)
 202-328-2184 (Visa)

Also, If you are not from the greater New York area, protest at your own local embassy or consulate office.

To find the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate Office:

For more info contact Win Animal Rights at: centcom [at]
Call: 646.267.9934 or visit the WAR website at:


W.A.R. (WIN ANIMAL RIGHTS) is an independent non-profit organization not affiliated or associated with SHAC, SHAC USA or any other group or organization and does not conduct or incite any illegal activity. The above information is not meant to incite or request any illegal actions or illegal activities of any kind. If you have any questions about the legality of any act, we encourage everyone receiving this (or the) action alert(s) to check your local laws and ordinances before proceeding to do anything.

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