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Whale Wars: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whale_Wars
Whale Wars is a one-hour weekly American documentary-style reality television series that premiered on November 7, 2008 on the Animal Planet cable channel. The program follows Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, as he and his crew aboard the MV Steve Irwin attempt to deter Japanese ships that hunt minke and fin whales off the coast of Antarctica.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society disputes the Japanese claim that the whaling done in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is legally accepted research and is instead banned commercially based whaling. Sea Shepherd has been both criticized and praised for tactics which include throwing stink bombs at, boarding, and attempting to disable the Japanese vessels. Due to the controversial nature of the show, Animal Planet displays the disclaimer:
"The following program contains commentary and opinions that do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Animal Planet."
Paul Watson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Watson
Paul Franklin Watson, (born December 2, 1950) is a Canadian animal rights and environmental activist. He is the founder and president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
(Some info on him from Wiki)
In October 1969, Watson joined a Sierra Club protest against nuclear testing at Amchitka Island. The group which formed as a result of that protest was the Don't Make a Wave Committee, which evolved into the group known today as Greenpeace. Watson was a founding member of the organization and sailed as a crewmember aboard the Greenpeace Too! ship in 1971. and skippered the Greenpeace boat Astral in 1972. Greenpeace states that while Watson "was an influential early member", he was not a founding member.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Main article: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
The first Sea Shepherd vessel, the Sea Shepherd, was purchased in December 1978 with assistance from Fund for Animals. Sea Shepherd soon established itself as one of the more controversial environmental groups, known for provocative direct action tactics. These tactics have included throwing objects onto the decks of whaling ships, the use of "prop foulers" in an attempt to sabotage the ships, boarding whaling vessels, and the scuttling of two ships in an Icelandic harbor. Watson remains the leader of Sea Shepherd today and uses the title "Captain" in reference to his role in the organization, although has never been licensed as a ship's captain. The organization and its activities to halt whaling are the focus of a reality TV series, Whale Wars, airing on Animal Planet.
Other environmental activities
Watson was a field correspondent for Defenders of Wildlife from 1976 to 1980 and a field representative for the Fund for Animals from 1978 to 1981. Watson also was a co-founder of Friends of the Wolf and Earthforce Environmental Society.
During the 1980s, Watson declared his support for Earth First! and cultivated friendships with David Foreman and Edward Abbey. He proclaimed Sea Shepherd to be the "navy" of Earth First! Watson has claimed to have invented the tactic of tree spiking.
Although currently unaffiliated with it, Watson did work with the Green Party of British Columbia in Vancouver in the 1980s and 90s. He ran for mayor in 1996, placing fourth.
In April 2003, Watson was elected to the board of directors of the Sierra Club for a three-year term. In 2006, he did not seek re-election. He resigned from the board a month before his term ended, in protest against the organization's sponsorship of a "Why I Hunt" essay contest.
Watson feels that "no human community should be larger than 20,000 people," human populations need to be reduced radically to "fewer than one billion," and only those who are "completely dedicated to the responsibility" of caring for the biosphere should have children, which is a "very small percentage of humans." He likens humankind to a virus, the biosphere needs to get cured from with a "radical and invasive approach," as from cancer.
In January 2008 Paul Watson was named by the The Guardian as one of its "50 people who could save the planet" for the work of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
I've been watching the Whale Wars show for awhile now. ANXIOUSLY awaiting the new season. Has anyone else watched it? What are your thoughts on what Paul Watson does? Or what are your thoughts on him? What do you think about the Japanese whalers? Overall thoughts on this issue?