Paul Watson quits Sea Shepherd over U.S. court order
Controversial environmental activist Paul Watson has stepped down as head of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society after being named in a U.S. court order preventing him from approaching Japanese whaling fleets.
The Toronto-born anti-whaling crusader, who holds dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship, said he would respect the U.S. Court of Appeals decision issued in December which overturned a prior ruling in Sea Shepherd's favour.
According to the society's website, Japanís Institute for Cetacean Research (IRC), which Sea Shepherd calls "a front for illegal, government-subsidized whaling," lost a preliminary injunction in the U.S. last February. That injunction sought by the IRC was to stop the society from approaching them in the Antarctic.
"I will respect and comply with the ruling of the United States Ninth District Court and will not violate the temporary injunction granted to the Institute for Cetacean Research," Watson said in a statement.