End of the Line? Paul Watson and the Future of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Gerry Joseph Nagtzaam

Abstract


This paper critically examines the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (‘SSCS’) and the legal challenges they are currently facing to continue its self-appointed role to protect oceanic life through direct action.  In Part One, the article examines the history of this radical environmental group and; the role performed by its charismatic leader Paul Watson; it’s organisational structure and its strategies and tactics; its governing philosophy and its attitudes to violence.  Part Two provides a history of the various direct actions carried out by the group; it further examines the organisation’s ongoing confrontations with the Japanese whaling fleet; documents the current legal travails the group and its leader are experiencing; and lastly asks what impact these issues will have on the group’s viability as a direct action group going forward. 


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Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Paul Watson, whaling, eco-violence

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