[This is the real deal as far as stopping Whaling goes. By the time Greenpeace gets around to it, we, the Whales and Dolphins will all be long gone into Reptile pies.]
[2009 April] Paul Watson: Sea Shepherd eco-warrior fighting to stop whaling and seal hunts
Meet the Dr. Mengele of Whales by Paul Watson
War of the Whales
Stalemate as Japanese whalers keep protesters locked on harpoon boat
Japan dolphin slaughter turns the sea red
Whalers aid in Antarctic rescue of environmentalists
See: Whale and Dolphin killing World Wildlife Fund
Greenpeace went down to Antarctica too. Its volunteers held up their signs and took pictures as whales were slaughtered all around them. When the Sea Shepherds finally arrived, the whaling stopped because the Japanese were too busy defending themselves or running away. For all their bungling, Watson and crew did succeed in saving the lives of some 500 whales. The Japanese went home with only half of the 1,000 whales they had assigned themselves. [2009 April] Paul Watson: Sea Shepherd eco-warrior fighting to stop whaling and seal hunts
Greenpeace, which has called Watson a violent extremist and an eco-terrorist,
will no longer comment on his activities, despite the fact that Watson was one
of the founders of Greenpeace in 1972 and the first officer on its early
campaigns against whaling and the clubbing and skinning of baby harp seals on
the Canadian ice floes.
In 1977 Watson was voted off the Greenpeace board of directors for being generally troublesome, arrogant and difficult to work with, for opposing the incoming president Patrick Moore (who has since gone to work for the nuclear and forestry industries, as Watson loves to point out), and for refusing to apologise for an incident on the Newfoundland pack ice. Watson grabbed a club away from a sealer and threw his pelts and the club into the sea, which was deemed a violation of Greenpeace's non-violent principles, bad publicity and an impediment to the organisation's ability to raise money. Later that year Watson founded Sea Shepherd and the two organisations, despite their shared goals, have been locked into a bitter sibling rivalry ever since.
'I once called them the Avon ladies of the environmental movement, and they didn't like that, but the real problem is that Greenpeace has turned into a gigantic self-perpetuating bureaucracy,' Watson says. 'They spend millions of dollars every year on advertising and direct-mail campaigns simply to raise more money. People feel good about giving money to Greenpeace. But holding up protest signs, taking pictures and "bearing witness" while whales are getting killed in front of you doesn't achieve anything at all, which is why I abandoned those tactics more than 30 years ago.' [2009 April] Paul Watson: Sea Shepherd eco-warrior fighting to stop whaling and seal hunts
His first taste of vengeance came in 1979, when he went after a notorious
pirate whaling ship called the Sierra, which was barred from many ports in the
world for violating anti-whaling laws and non-payment of fuel bills. Most of its
crew had outstanding arrest warrants, the ship kept changing its flag, and it
was thought to have killed at least 25,000 whales.
It took Watson a year to hunt down the ship, and then he rammed it at full speed and ripped open its hull. The Sierra limped into port and its owners spent $1 million on uninsured repairs. Then it sank at the dockside after Sea Shepherd operatives blew holes in its hull with limpet mines. Watson went on to sink three Norwegian whaling ships, two Icelandic whalers in Reykjavik harbour and half the Spanish whaling fleet. So why hasn't he been convicted of a crime?
'Because all those vessels were operating illegally and criminals do not generally want to go to court, and because we have the legal authority to do what we do,' Watson says. 'The United Nations World Charter for Nature, section 21, empowers any nongovernmental organisation or individual to uphold international conservation law in areas beyond national jurisdiction and specifically on the high seas.' [2009 April] Paul Watson: Sea Shepherd eco-warrior fighting to stop whaling and seal hunts
In 1983 Watson turned his sights on the Canadian seal hunt. He used his ship to blockade the port at St John's, Newfoundland, and announced he would ram any sealing ship that tried to leave. When the authorities threatened to storm his ship, he counter-threatened to sink it at the mouth of the harbour and thereby create an impassable barrier. Having brought the hunt to a near-standstill and cost the sealing industry millions of dollars, he then sailed away under cover of fog. The next year he returned with Brigitte Bardot and arranged for the famous photograph of her with a helpless, adorable baby seal. There was an international outcry and the seal hunt was banned for 10 years. [2009 April] Paul Watson: Sea Shepherd eco-warrior fighting to stop whaling and seal hunts