End of the line? Paul Watson and the future of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

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    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 outlines the history of this radical environmental group and; the role performed by its charismatic leader Paul Watson; it?s organizational 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 details the organization 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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)9 - 20
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Arts and Humanities
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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