President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Pro to the question "Should People Become Vegetarian?"
"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," www.mountainfilm.org, Apr. 30, 2007
In his Apr. 30, 2007, article, "A Very Inconvenient Truth," Watson stated that the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, "[a]s far as I know and I may be wrong, but my organization, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is the only conservation organization in the world that endorses and practises vegetarianism. My ships do not serve meat or fish ever, nor do we serve dairy."
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