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Paul Watson - Interview April 2011

Paul Watson


Paul Watson is one of the fathers of "environmental terrorism". He founded and is the leader of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS). This non-profit, private organization sails around the world, protecting the world's fisheries and marine life. Watson was one of the founders of Greenpeace, but the group banished him in 1977 in disapproval of his violent tactics. Watson says he uses the tactics that are necessary to protect his marine life clients. He is a board member of the Sierra Club.

Watson was born in the Canadian Maritimes in 1950. At ten years old, he was already a budding terrorist who shot another kid in the rear end who was about to shoot a bird. Watson worked for the Canadian Coast Guard and Norwegian and Swedish merchant marines before becoming a professional environmentalist.

Watson has said that "earthworms are far more valuable than people." Perhaps that explains why he has started the careers of some of the most violent animal-rights activists. SHAC terrorists Rodney Coronado and Joshua Harper have both served as crewmembers on SSCS expeditions.

The thrice-married Watson has written many books detailing his exploits, including Seal Wars: Twenty-Five Years on the Front Lines with the Harp Seals and Ocean Warrior: My Battle to End the Illegal Slaughter on the High Seas.

Sea Shepherd is the subject of a reality show called WHALE WARS seen on Animal Planet.

It looks as though Ewan McGregor will play Captain Paul Watson in the biopic called OCEAN WARRIOR: THE PAUL WATSON STORY for Paramount, produced by Inferno Entertainment.

For additional information about Sea Shepherd, please go to The organization can always use volunteers and donations.


Founder and President, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society; Co-founder, Greenpeace; Board Member, Sierra Club

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