Captain Paul Watson: Interview With a Pirate

Captain Paul Watson: Interview With a Pirate

by Paul Watson, Lamya Essemlali
     
 

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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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Captain Paul Watson—is he a pirate, eco-terrorist, or hero? In this interview with Lamya Essemlali, executive director of Sea Shepherd France, Watson reveals his passions, struggles, frustrations, and concerns for the future. Identified by Time magazine as one of the greatest 20th century ecologists, Watson is likely the world's best-known champion of the oceans because of his work in defending and protecting marine life like whales, seals, sharks and porpoises. He believes that fishing is the most ecologically destructive activity on the planet. As captain of the Sea Shepherd, he has used aggressive, direct-action tactics against those who threaten the existence of these animals, through illegally hunting, capture or mass slaughter. Watson has confronted governments and industrial fishing fleets from many nations, disrupting their activities by cutting nets, rescuing illegal catches, and acting as a human shield. His drive to protect the oceans is fuelled by his concern for the sustainability of life on Earth if current resource management practices continue. He believes that biocentrism, which recognizes the interdependence of all species, urgently needs to replace our current human-centered focus. The book serves up a smorgasbord of anecdotes, explanations and justifications that provide ample food for thought for any ecologically conscious individual pondering our future. (Feb.) North American Distribution: Firefly books
Georgia Straight - Charlie Smith
Throughout the book, Watson comes across as an extraordinarily thoughtful and uncompromising man who's been far ahead of his time in understanding the consequences of unbridled poaching of the oceans.... It provides a completely unfiltered view into Watson's mindset.... makes for compelling reading. And Watson certainly doesn't hold back.... In his core, Watson believes there are too many humans on the planet. And there need to be a lot fewer of them for marine life to thrive... If nothing else, this book will force readers to reexamine how human beings are annihilating other species, particularly those that live in the sea.
North Shore News - Terry Peters
Presented as an extended interview, the book delves into a variety of topics revolving around Watson's philosophy and his actions. Watson describes experiences that shaped his attitude and activities... He has witnessed horrible slaughters of whales and other marine life...but manages to convey this without resorting to overly graphic descriptions.... In very simple terms, he states If the oceans die, we die. While other organizations and politicians stay on the sidelines as illegal whaling and fishing still goes on, Watson leads his Sea Shepherd Society into direct conflict with these ships and in the process stands between them and the marine life he has sworn to protect
North Shore News
Best Books 2013

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770851733
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
03/19/2013
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,230,449
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Watson is the founder and leader of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Lamya Essemlali joined the Sea Shepherd crew in 2005 after meeting Paul Watson in Paris. She participated in seven campaigns at sea, four of which she coordinated alongside Captain Watson.

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