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Mark Powell 
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Re: “Eco-Warrior Paul Watson Brings Sea Shepherds to Vermont

Lenmeiser Drummington: I am puzzled by your comments. Do you think that there is no difference between killing endangered whales and eating sustainably harvested seafood? Granted, many fisheries are unsustainable, and fisheries on a global scale are clearly unsustainable, as are most endeavors today that are geared toward feeding an unsustainably large and still growing human population. But there is a huge difference between killing endangered species for profit and eating seafood that has been sustainably harvested. I just don’t see any inconsistency there at all. And did you even listen to the 35-year-old interview that you post as some kind of evidence of Paul Watson’s evil background? He makes a strong case against the exploitation of charismatic but un-endangered wildlife by groups like Greenpeace and others to elicit donations from the gullible public. This was after he co-founded Greenpeace but was later kicked out for being too radical, and the interview points out some serious disagreement with Greenpeace's priorities. I don’t mean this as a generic defense of Paul Watson because I don’t know that much about him, but the interview you posted just reinforces the article’s thrust--that he is solidly committed to the fighting the good fight and opposed to NGOs that campaign on the pretext of conservation but really just feed their own fundraising strategies with emotionally manipulative campaigns. So could you clarify why you are so eager to discredit Paul Watson?

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Posted by Mark Powell on 06/27/2014 at 9:51 AM

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