The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society regrets that the statue was broken by a volunteer for the Cove Guardians and has taken measures to dismiss the individual responsible from the Cove Guardian program.

Sea Shepherd will provide legal assistance to any Cove Guardian who is arrested without cause as we did with Erwin Vermeulen last year when the police attempted to frame him on a charge of assault. He was acquitted on that charge by the Japanese courts.

Although we are sympathetic to the situation Greskewitz has placed himself in, Sea Shepherd has made it very clear to all volunteers that the Society cannot and will not support illegal activities in Japan, even when accidental.

“Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians continue to shine an international spotlight on the atrocities that occur in Taiji,” says Melissa Sehgal, Cove Guardian Leader. “We are volunteers on the ground to document and expose the horrific dolphin slaughter, but will continue to abide by Japanese law. Japan's barbarism in Taiji brings dishonor to the nation,” Sehgal added.

The German consulate has been notified of the arrest. Sea Shepherd does not expect to have updates on this matter for at least another 48 hours and is unable to comment further at this time.

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