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Free Dutch Sea Shepherd Activist Erwin Vermeulen

January 18, 2012

Please click on and sign the following three petitions:

1.Free Dutch Sea Shepherd Activist Erwin Vermeulen

2.Free Cove Guardian Erwin Vermeulen

3.Please release Dutch citizen Erwin Vermeulen from Japanese prison

Background | From Care2

Target: Japanese Ministry of Justice / Embassy of Japan, the Netherlands
Sponsored by: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, The Cove Guardians, Taji Dolphin Action Group

Dutch Sea Shepherd activist Erwin Vermeulen was arrested on Friday 16th of December in Taji, Japan while attempting to make photographs of the transport of dolphins. The animals who were captured in the wild were being transported towards holding basins at the Dolphin Resort Hotel.

Erwin traveled to Japan on his own initiative to investigate the slaughter of dolphins in Taji. His intention was to observe the transport in a peaceful manner and collect footage to reveal to the world what is happening. Annually the Japanese government provides 23.000 licenses to various coastal towns to slaughter dolphins of various species for consumption purposes.

Police claim Erwin shoved a hotel employee even though Erwin strongly denies ever using violence. The arrest seems pre-planned since no witnesses saw him shove the employee and Erwin was not even questioned as police simply approached him and took him away.

According to Sea Shepherd the Japanese authorities use any possibility to remove activists out of Taji.
Out of compassion for the dolphins being slaughtered in Taji, Erwin Vermeulen ventured to Japan at his own expense to devote his time and energy.

His family has not been allowed direct contact with Erwin, not even during Christmas time.
Recently Erwin has been given a date to appear in court on the 26th of january where, if found guilty, he faces 2 years of imprisonment.

Don’t forget to email your personal messages of support to Erwin on

All messages will be personally handed over to Erwin once he is released from prison.

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Karen Lyons Kalmenson

6 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    January 19, 2012 6:28 am

    what is the nature
    of a crime
    what is criminal
    who should serve time
    taking pictures of dolphins
    being abused
    is an act of heroism
    why does he
    stand accused


  2. January 19, 2012 6:12 pm



  3. February 17, 2012 5:58 pm

    Yahoooooooooooooooooooooooo!! ♥ ♥

    Sea Shepherd activist Erwin Vermeulen has been released from a Japanese prison.



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