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Paul Watson

Data di nascita: 2. Dicembre 1950

Paul Watson è un attivista e ambientalista canadese, fondatore e presidente di Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, un'organizzazione dedita alla difesa e alla conservazione delle risorse e della fauna marina.

Il comandante Watson ha preso parte ad una protesta del Sierra Club contro i test nucleari nel 1969. È stato uno dei soci fondatori di Greenpeace, inizialmente come skipper, e più tardi è divenuto un membro del consiglio. Watson sosteneva una strategia di azione diretta che entrava in netto contrasto con l'interpretazione di nonviolenza di Greenpeace. Per questo motivo venne estromesso dal consiglio nel 1977 e successivamente lasciò l'organizzazione. Nello stesso anno fondò la Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. L'associazione e il suo operato sono oggetto di una famosa serie televisiva, Whale Wars.

Nel 2000 il Time lo definì uno degli eroi dell'ambientalismo del XX secolo, nel 2008 è stato nominato da The Guardian «una delle 50 persone che potrebbero salvare il pianeta» per il lavoro di Sea Shepherd e attualmente risulta uno dei maggiori esponenti del movimento per l'ambiente e per i diritti degli animali nel mondo.

Frasi Paul Watson

„I media si occupano solo di quattro cose: sesso, scandali, violenza e celebrità e se la tua storia non ne possiede nessuno, allora sei semplicemente privo di storia.“

—  Paul Watson

Origine: Citato in Tom Regan, Gabbie vuote: La sfida dei diritti animali, traduzione di Massimo Filippi e Alessandra Galbiati, Edizioni Sonda, Casale Monferrato, 2005, p. 38. ISBN 88-7106-425-9

„V sta per Verità, Virtù, Valore, Validità e Veganismo.“

—  Paul Watson

Origine: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-commentary/commentary/v.html

„I think the problem is that we don't really understand what we are.“

—  Paul Watson

"Sharkwater" documentary
Contesto: I think the problem is that we don't really understand what we are. In essence we're just a conceited, naked ape. But in our minds we're some sort of "divine legend", and we see ourselves as some sort of god. That we can walk around the earth deciding who will live and who will die and what will be destroyed and what will be saved. But the fact is we're just a bunch of primates out of control.

„It's dangerous & humiliating. The whalers killed whales while green peace watched. Now, you don't walk by a child that is being abused, you don't walk by a kitten that is being kicked to death and do nothing. So I find it abhorrent to sit there and watch a whale being slaughtered and do nothing but "bear witness" as they call it. I think it was best illustrated a few years ago, the contradictions that we have, when a ranger in Zimbabwe shot and killed a poacher that was about to kill a black rhinoceros and uh human rights groups around the world said "how dare you? Take a human life to protect an animal". I think the rangers' answer to that really illustrated a hypocrisy. He said "Ya know, if I lived in, If I was a police officer in Herrari and a man ran out of Bark Place Bank with a bag of money and I shot him in the head in front of everybody and killed him, you'd pin a medal on me and call me a national hero. Why is that bag of paper more valued than the future heritage of this nation?" This is our values. WE fight, WE kill, WE risk our lives for things we believe in… Imagine going into Mecca, walk up to the black stone and spit on it. See how far you get. You’re not going to get very far. You’re going to be torn to pieces. Walk into Jerusalem, walk up to that wailing wall with a pick axe, start whacking away. See how far you’re going to get, somebody is going to put a bullet in your back. And everybody will say you deserved it. Walk into the Vatican with a hammer, start smashing a few statues. See how far you’re going to get. Not very far. But each and every day, ya know, people go into the most beautiful, most profoundly sacred cathedrals of this planet, the rainforests of the Amazonia, the redwood forests of California, the rainforests of Indonesia, and totally desecrate & destroy these cathedrals with bulldozers, chainsaws and how do we respond to that? Oh, we write a few letters and protest; we dress up in animal costumes with picket signs and jump up and down; but if the rainforests of Amazonia and redwoods of California, were as, or had as much value to us as a chunk of old meteorite in Mecca, a decrepit old wall in Jerusalem or a piece of old marble in the Vatican, we would literally rip those pieces limb from limb for the act of blasphemy that we’re committing but we won’t do that because nature is an abstraction, wilderness is an abstraction. It has no value in our anthropocentric world where the only thing we value is that which is created by humans.“

—  Paul Watson

„The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is a conservative organization. I am a conservative. You can't get more conservative than being a conservationist. Our entire raison de etre is to conserve and protect. The radicals of the world are destroying our oceans and our forests, our wildlife and our freedom.“

—  Paul Watson

When asked to respond to questions of whether Sea Shepherd is too radical/extreme. Taken from an interview given to the environmentalist magazine, Resistance: Journal of the Earth Liberation Movement http://www.resistancemagazine.org/

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„I don't eat fish because there is no such thing as sustainable fishing in the world right now.“

—  Paul Watson

The Philosophy of Paul Watson By Frank Johnson https://books.google.com/books?id=QfGXBAAAQBAJ

„All of our targets were criminals, they were all operating in violation of international whaling laws.“

—  Paul Watson

Captain Paul Watson introduced by Persia White at Worldfest on video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnhqmF-RBu4

„We are pirates of compassion hunting down, hunting down and destroying pirates of profit.“

—  Paul Watson

Worldfest video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnhqmF-RBu4
quote honored on XOEarth award http://xoearth.org/humpback-whale/

„The oceans are dying.“

—  Paul Watson

Worldfest video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnhqmF-RBu4

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