Last updated on: 8/26/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Paul Watson Biography

Title:
President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Position:
Pro to the question "Should People Become Vegetarian?"
Reasoning:

“The meat industry is one of the most destructive ecological industries on the planet. The raising and slaughtering of pigs, cows, sheep, turkeys and chickens not only utilizes vast areas of land and vast quantities of water, but it is a greater contributor to greenhouse gas emissions than the automobile industry.

The seafood industry is literally plundering the ocean of life and some fifty percent of fish caught from the oceans is fed to cows, pigs, sheep, chickens etc in the form of fish meal…

There is not enough fish in the world’s oceans to feed 6.6 billion human beings and another 10 billion domestic animals. That is why all the world’s commercial fisheries are collapsing…

Most people don’t want to see where their meat comes from. They also don’t want to know what the impact of their meat has on the ecology. They would rather deny the whole thing and pretend meat is something that comes in packages from the store…

Eating meat and fish is not only bad for the environment it’s also unhealthy. Yet even when it comes to our own health we slip into denial and order the Whopper. The bottom line is that to be a conservationist and an environmentalist, you must practice and promote vegetarianism or better yet veganism.”

“A Very Inconvenient Truth,” mountainfilm.org, Apr. 30, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, 1977-present
  • Director, National Board of the Sierra Club USA, 2003-2006
  • Recipient, Environmental Heroes of the 20th Century Award, TIME Magazine, 2000
  • Professor of Ecology, Pasadena College of Design, 1990-1994
  • Representative, Royal Society for the Protection of Animals, 1979
  • Field Representative, Fund for Animals, 1978-1981
  • Founded Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, 1977
  • Resigned from Greenpeace, June 1977
  • Field Correspondent, Defenders of Wildlife, 1976-1980
  • Led and participated in Greenpeace anti-whaling and seal hunt campaigns, 1974-1977
  • Greenpeace representative, Occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota by the American Indian Movement, 1973
  • Cofounder, Greenpeace Foundation, 1972
  • Founding member (eighth original member), Greenpeace
  • Crew member, Greenpeace Two (second voyage to stop the Amchitka Island nuclear test), 1971
  • Former Member: Canadian, Norwegian, Swedish, and British merchant marines
  • Member, Canadian Coast Guard, 1968
Education:
  • Communications and Linguistics, Simon Fraser University in British Columbia
Other:
  • Born in Toronto, Canada, Dec. 2, 1950
  • Placed on Interpol’s “blue notice” list in 2010 for disruption of Japanese whale hunts in the Antarctic Ocean – no arrest warrant has been issued as of May 9, 2011
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should People Become Vegetarian?