Paul Watson resigns as head of Sea Shepherd over U.S. court order

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TORONTO — The head of a controversial anti-whaling organization has resigned in order to comply with a U.S. court order.

Paul Watson issued a statement saying he has stepped down as leader of Sea Shepherd.

Watson says his decision was based on an injunction issued in the U.S. last month that barred the organization from being within 450 metres of Japanese whaling vessels.

Watson, who holds dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship, says he was personally named in the injunction and must step down in order to avoid criminal charges.

The Toronto-born anti-whaling crusader says he has resigned all positions with the organization, which has chapters in the U.S. and Australia.

He says campaigns against Japanese fleets will continue under the leadership of former Australian senator Bob Brown.

Geographic location: U.S., TORONTO

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  • Edmund
    January 08, 2013 - 20:34

    Put the ba---rd in jail. Now how important is his cause?? Why does he not keep going to stand up for what he has been provoking all these years? Because he is gutless and the world would be a much better place without the likes of him. The Japanese and Australians should have sunk him while they had the chance and we should have barred him from port when he came into St. John's harbour. Take away his Canadian status he does not deserve to it. What a fake and a fraud he is who has sucked in so many gullable people. Shame on you folk.

    • jeff
      January 09, 2013 - 08:08

      Edmund you are 100% correct, I couldnt have said it better myself. Thanks to morons like him we have seal product bans from several countries. There are more seals out there than ever in the history of the world and they are banning seal products. Thanks greenpeace. Real smart. Cod still haven't come back but who cares about them, they are not cute.