Brigitte Bardot offers to take Paul Watson’s place in jail

French film icon and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot has spoken out against Canadian environmentalist and Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson’s recent German imprisonment by offering to switch places with him in jail. “Being outraged by the fact that he’s been put in prison, I offer to take his place because I am his accomplice. I have always supported Paul Watson, my brother in arms,” said the retired actress in a statement.

Captain Watson faces extradition to Costa Rica for a decade-old warrant involving a 2002 confrontation with a Costa Rican shark finning boat on Guatemalan waters. This incident was featured prominently in the award-winning film SharkwaterIn 2011, Bardot, a long-time Sea Shepherd supporter, had one of their vessels named after her. Other celebrities who have publicly pledged their support to Sea Shepherd include Anthony Kiedis, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Penn and Emily Deschanel. Bardot has also campaigned against whaling in Japan, bear-hunting in New Jersey, wolf-hunting in Sweden, seal-hunting in Canada and the dolphin slaughter in Denmark. For more information on Captain Watson’s arrest click here.

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  1. Joe • May 18, 2012 @ 10:29 AM

    Shame on Germany. Watson’s trying to do good in the world – if you saw what happened (watch Sharkwater if you haven’t) then you know he didn’t do anything wrong.

  2. Susan • May 18, 2012 @ 12:20 PM

    If he’s handed over to Costa Rica he’ll never get a fair trial…I really hope Germany does the right thing. But chances are they wont!

  3. Judy Willox • May 18, 2012 @ 10:04 PM

    God bless Brigitte Bardot! She always did take responsibility for what she does and now she is big hearted enough to do this for her comrade in arms.

  4. betty Jeane Murphy • May 19, 2012 @ 2:33 PM

    BeBe is in her 70’s now…..and she is still a kick-ass human being !!! She has always “owned” all her actions…….and I love her for what she has offered here!!! You stay and fight right where you are, BeBe….Huge Hugs!

  5. greg • June 7, 2012 @ 8:47 PM

    i Love paul WATSON and brigette bardot. standin up for what they belive in and they take alot of flack from people. keep up the great work fellas. i’d like to make a donation

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