Captain Paul Watson–the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a co-founder of Greenpeace, and the reluctant star of the reality TV series “Whale Wars”–discusses how he and his mostly-volunteer Sea Shepherd colleagues recently made international news by halting the Japanese whale hunt, mid-season, in the Southern Ocean.
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This includes addressing the tactics employed by Sea Shepherd there, and how the Japanese whalers began the season with a diminished fleet and contending with increasing economic struggles–and the attendant prediction that the Japanese are unlikely to resume whaling. He also spoke to the related status of “Whale Wars,” leveled some searing criticism at Greenpeace, offered some observations about the annual Canadian seal hunt, and recounted an anecdote illustrating, amidst the sort of attacks that Sea Shepherd sometimes absorbs, how the Dalai Lama truly understands and endorses Sea Shepherd’s modus operandi. (www.SeaShepherd.org)
ALSO: We spoke briefly with Twila Cole, Special Events Coordinator of the Humane Society of Pinellas, who discusses the organization and some of its forthcoming events, including Mutt Strut and Bark At The Ball Park. (www.HumanePinellas.org) AND: We also spoke with Bobby Dailey, General Manager of the Carollwood Petco store (full disclosure: Petco is a sponsor of The Talking Animals Festival), who discusses Petco’s major, nationwide adoption event being held March 12-13, the ongoing importance of pet adoption at Petco (he said that last year 300 animals found homes at his store alone), and more. (www.Petco.com)
COMEDY CORNER: Brian Regan’s “Whale Noises” (www.BrianRegan.com)
MUSIC: Smashing Pumpkins’ “Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” (snippet), Nick Lowe’s “The Beast In Me,” Yellow Ostrich’s “Whale,” instrumentals
NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock”