Captain Paul Watson

Captain Paul Watson

Interview With A Pirate

Book - 2013
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Tells the life story of the marine animal rights activist, including his personal life, his cofounding Greenpeace at age eighteen, and his decision to move to more aggressive tactics to protect the ocean's creatures.

Firefly Books Ltd

The behind-the-scenes true story of Paul Watson, the world's most famous eco-pirate and marine animal rights activist.

Paul Watson became an animal rights activist at the young age of eleven, in 1962. When trappers killed a beaver that Paul had befriended, he systematically and efficiently located and destroyed their traps. This was the beginning of fifty years of animal rights activism. Among the international awards and recognition he has earned in that time, Time Magazine named Watson one of the top twenty environmental heroes of the 20th century.

In 1969, when just eighteen, Watson co-founded Greenpeace. He was also the first man to intervene between a whale and a harpoon. Watson left Greenpeace to establish the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which uses more aggressive direct-action strategies to combat threats to the world's ocean creatures. With a goal of protection and conservation of marine mammals, their first priority is ending the illegal hunting of seals and whales. In Antarctica, Japanese whalers kill hundreds of whales each year. To circumvent the moratorium on commercial whaling, Tokyo disguises their whaling under the cover of scientific programs. Yet the environmental movement got results: Japanese whalers, who intended to kill 850 minke whales, returned with only 507 whales in 2010. The International Court of Justice was asked to require Japan to end this whaling program, and the campaigns have included sinking ten illegal whaling ships, ramming more at sea, confiscating hundreds of long lines and drift nets and making more than 250 expeditions worldwide to save hundreds of thousands of marine animals.

Captain Watson, though fighting for a good cause, is labeled by some as a "pirate" and an "eco-terrorist," including those running Greenpeace today. But for those who think that petitions and banners will not be enough to save the ocean, he is a hero. To all his detractors, Paul Watson responds, "Find us a whale that disapproves of our actions and we promise to give it up!"

In this book, Paul Watson reveals to shipmate Lamya Essemlali his motivations, campaigns, dangers and successes. Watson was recently arrested in Germany on a Costa Rican warrant that claimed he endangered the crew of a fishing vessel a decade ago. The Sea Shepherd feels the arrest is politically motivated and that he may be extradited to answer charges related to obstructing Japanese whaling activities. Watson skipped bail in Germany for an unknown destination, and is currently on the open seas.

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781770851733
Branch Call Number: 179.3092 ESS
Characteristics: 264 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Watson, Paul 1950-


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Apr 28, 2018

Every page is full of informative facts and experiences on the seas from a man that had his start of activism since age 11. Standing side-by-side to Robert Hunter during anti-whaling operations in the early days of Greenpeace movement, he left later disillusioned and formed the Sea Shepherd Society in 1977.
"Our organization prefers taking action to protesting. Protesting belies an underlying attitude of submission; it amounts to begging; "Please, please don't kill the whales!" Knowing that they will be killing them in any case -they don't care at all about any pleas. Killing whales is illegal and the protest phase is over. Now it's time to put an end to it. But we must do it responsibly; in other words, without harming anyone."
"In reality, the ecology movement is the best example of a non-violent movement in the global history of social movements. Not one person has been injured, not to mention killed, by an ecologist or a member of an environmental NGO."
"We sank [illegal whaling fleets] and we destroyed [Icelandic] whale meat - processing plant...rammed Japanese vessels that were using [illegal] drift nets...that were 60 miles long...the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has never done anything to injure or kill anyone...SSCS is such an non-violent organization that neither fish nor meat nor anything that was once a sentient being is served as food on our vessels."
These are just some of the many observations and events that are documented in this conversation with Paul Watson.

Sea Shepherd and Paul Watson are my hero's! GO SEA SHEPHERD!!!! Although It's a shame this book isn't up for borrow anymore. Maybe one day the SCL will get it again.

Oct 30, 2013

I have immense respect for this man. Our planet needs to clone him x infinity, in my opinion. He speaks what my heart feels! Sea Shepard is one of the few organizations we give to on a regular basis because we know our money will be used to do something meaningful. Humans really must change how we view ourselves in relation to the total environment on which we depend for our survival. I could go on, but will stop here with my final statement. Paul Watson is my hero! May he live long and have many victories.

Jul 12, 2013

i send donation to his foundation

Jul 12, 2013

A very well presented case for stopping all animal exploitation and points up the damage being done globally, both marine and land. An excellent read and very informative. The Sea Shepherd is definitely on my list of causes to support. Totally fantastic that he lives what he believes, including being vegan. Captain Paul Watson rocks!

Jun 06, 2013

I liked the Q&A format. I also liked that Paul Watson is in favor of vegan diets, which he wasn't in a book previously written about him. He has such a passion for whales and living animals, you can tell he really cares. Three cheers for the Sea Shephards!

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