"I find that the torturing of animals and the deriving of pleasure from that torture is an immoral act." ~ Captain Paul Watson
Parents, if you are looking for an educational film to watch with your high school children, I suggest you give Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist a view. This 2010 documentary takes a hard look at the human threats to our oceans and marine life as it follows the conservation movement of Captain Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Spanning decades of activism, Watson along with his devoted crew and volunteers from all over the world have become household names as they continue to protect helpless marine life from poaching and illegal hunts. In this nearly one and a half hour long documentary, viewers will witness the atrocities against life that Sea Shepherd has caught on camera including the slaughter of harp seals in Canada, the pilot whale massacres that take place in the Faroe Islands, and the devastating effects of drift netting still being used in parts of the world.
Viewers will learn that the main weapon successfully used by these conservationists and environmental activists is to "manufacture awareness" - in essence, gain worldwide media attention for the immoral, often criminal acts, against nature. It is a sad world we live in when greed and "cultural tradition" can be used as excuses to destroy our oceans and the fish and mammals that live in it.
"You can't appeal to people's sense of morality when they don't have any." ~ Captain Paul Watson
Massacre of pilot whale pods is considered "tradition" in the Faroe Islands.
Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist, available on DVD and YouTube, does have strong language and some extremely disturbing images of violence against animals which is why I am suggesting this for viewing by those 13 and older. While parts will undoubtedly be upsetting to all viewers regardless of age, we can no longer play ignorant to these acts. The majority of the film, however, demonstrates the non-violent heroic acts by Watson and the Sea Shepherd crew and is a fabulous eye-opener for the only generation left to save our planet.
For more information on Sea Shepard visit their website at www.seashepherd.org.
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