Captain Paul Watson
Founder, Sea Shepherd
Conservation Society, anti-whaling and environmental activist, author
(1950 - )
About the Canadian seal hunt in the 1970's: "Bearing witness? Being there just to photograph animal abuse? You donít walk down the street and see a woman being raped and stand there and take pictures. Bearing witnesss to me is cowardice. Itís a nonintervention. I never understood it. We should not be submissive to these people destroying the planet. We should be aggressive; we should stand up and stand tall and get in their face."
"Intelligence is the ability of a species to live in harmony with its environment."
"If you want to know where you would have stood on slavery before the Civil War, donít look at where you stand on slavery today. Look at where you stand on animal rights."
"Seafood is simply a socially acceptable form of bush meat. We condemn Africans for hunting monkeys and mammalian and bird species from the jungle yet the developed world thinks nothing of hauling in magnificent wild creatures like swordfish, tuna, halibut, shark, and salmon for our meals. The fact is that the global slaughter of marine wildlife is simply the largest massacre of wildlife on the planet."
"Feeding fish, whale and seal to children is a form of child abuse."