Hidden in the intimate upstairs room of a posh vegan restaurant in New York sat a man deemed an "eco-terrorist." He prefers "eco-terraist."
Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, early member of Greenpeace, and current captain and star of “Whale Wars,” spent an evening discussing the premiere of season four of his reality show with a small group of journalists, including The Huffington Post. He spoke with a boyish grin, initially shy and yet subtly self-assured.
Animal Planet's “Whale Wars” follows Sea Shepherd's attempts to end Japanese whaling through aggressive intervention techniques on the Antarctic high seas. Sea Shepherd's actions and the show have faced praise and extreme scrutiny. After swapping his pistachio-encrusted tofu for a reporter's vegan lasagna, Watson announced, “They either love us or they hate us.”
Martin Fackler of The New York Times explains that critics call Sea Shepherd “an anachronism, because private fishing companies have dropped out under international pressure and the demand for whale meat is declining. Few Japanese eat whale anymore, and the meat from the hunt has piled up in freezers, or been given to children for school lunches.”
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