Since 1975 Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Sheperd Conservation Society has led over 300 voyages into the frigid Antarctic oceans to directly confront and interfere with illegal international whale hunting. TV pundits and spokesmen for the illegal whalers have slandered him countless times. The Japanese whalers call him crazy and irresponsible. Some governments have even called him an “eco-terrorist”. But to many in the animal movement, his work is seen as vital and courageous. It seems like the only thing both sides can agree on is that Sea Sheperd is effective. Each year whalers need to spend more and more money on gear to protect them from activists and they need to spend more of their hunting time running away from Watson’s ships. That translates directly to fewer whales being killed. What can I say? Direct action gets the job done.
There’s a new interview with Paul Watson posted to the Sea Sheperd website. With all the attention garnered by Animal Planet’s Whale Wars series, Sea Sheperd has been been on the receiving end of some harsh criticisms. In the interview Paul is asked to address them. This is, by far, my favor part of the whole interview:
Question: There are many negative comments on the Whale Wars forum, many attacking you personally. Does this concern you?
Captain Paul Watson: Not really. The kinds of people who visit website forums to leave negative remarks tend to be the kind of losers who have nothing better to do. Anyhow, my clients are whales not people. I’m not much concerned with the opinions of people over all. If people choose to support what we do then we welcome that support. If they choose to dismiss what we do, it is of no consequence to us. Overall I find this kind of negative criticism to be both encouraging and amusing. In a world where people are the problem, pissing off people who dislike what we are doing is a bonus. You have to actually be doing something to get people all worked up, so these attacks are encouraging, they are telling us we are on the right track and going in the right direction.
Paul Watson, you’re a sassy dude. I’m glad you’re on the animals’ side. Read the rest of the interview here.
In a new interview Paul Watson addresses some harsh criticism of Sea Sheperd, looks forward