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Moon Organization - Reverend Kevin Thompson: Moon knew about illegal shark catching
February 5th, 2007 -
Unification Church Reverend Kevin Thompson was sentenced to one year behind bars for running the world’s largest baby-leopard-shark poaching ring (The Man vs. Moon).
Audio evidence suggests that the conservative newspaper publisher and church supreme leader Reverend Sun Myung Moon both knew of and encouraged Thompson’s illegal operation.
In a 2003 sermon captured on audiotape, Thompson said he personally informed the True Father about the shark enterprise. “When I had the chance to tell our founder Reverend Moon about it … he told me, you know, ‘You need twenty boats out there fishing!’” he boasted. “He had this big plan drawn out, you know.” Thompson, a Brit who speaks with a Scottish accent, also said he had to convince the excited Moon not to expand the operation, apparently out of fear that it would attract notice.
This is a seven-minute excerpt of a 35-minute Thompson sermon on August 17, 2003. One section, which revealed the location of the leopard shark spawning grounds in San Francisco Bay, has been removed in order to protect the sharks from further poaching.