35 Priceless Paul Watson Quotes

Paul Watson is a Canadian Marine Wildlife conservationist and activist. He focuses on anti-poaching and the direct action group. With several books and awards under his belt, here is a look at the best Paul Watson quotes ever recorded.

“A vegan riding a hummer contributes less to greenhouse gas emissions than a meat eater riding a bicycle.”

“All consumption should be local. No food products need to be transported over hundreds of miles to market. All commercial fishing should be abolished.”

“Almost all theological thought is anthropocentric and I just cannot buy into the anthropocentric ideology. Basically we’re a bunch of conceited apes.”

“As for myself, I do not believe in loggers, I believe in trees. I do not believe in fishermen, I believe in fish. I do not believe in miners, I believe in the rocks beneath my feet.”

“Be a voice for the future and a voice for the planet.”

“Follow your dreams and use your natural-born talents and skills to make this a better world for tomorrow.”


“I can assure you no whales are going to be killed today.”

“I do what I do because it is the right thing to do. I am a warrior, and it is the way of the warrior to fight superior odds.”

“I got the impression that instead of going out to shoot birds, I should go out and shoot the kids who shoot birds.”

“I have been honored to serve the whales, dolphins, seals – and all the other creatures on this Earth. Their beauty, intelligence, strength, and spirit have inspired me.”

“I have hope that humanity will be cured of our collective ecological insanity and that we adapt to living within the boundaries of the laws of ecology.”

“If you do not intend to kill anybody, if you make every effort to not kill and injure anybody, that’s all you really can do. You can’t stop somebody from walking into a situation, and we really can’t be too overly preoccupied with this.”

“If you don’t know an answer, a fact, a statistic – make it up on the spot.”

“If you want to know where you would have stood on slavery before the Civil War, don’t look at where you stand on slavery today. Look at where you stand on animal rights.”

“In the great scheme of things, what matters is not how long you live but why you live, what you stand for and what you are willing to die for.”

“Intelligence is the ability of a species to live in harmony with its environment.”

“It doesn’t matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true.”

“Musicians have made incredible contributions to the conservation and environmental movement and continue to do so, more than ever.”

“Musicians have the power to influence people and along with movie makers, they can reach and influence more people than any group of people, more than scientists and certainly more than politicians.”

“My position is this. If we can’t protect sanctuaries, if we can’t save the whales, the sharks, the fish, our oceans will die.”

“North American cats eat more fish than all the world’s seals put together, yet we lay the blame on the seals for the declining fish stocks.”

“Seafood is simply a socially acceptable form of bush meat.”

“That fact is that we live in an extremely violent culture, and we all justify violence if it’s for what we believe in.”

“The fact is I have never been convicted of a crime.”

“The tragedy is that there is so much more incentive – money – to destroy the ecology than there is to preserve it.”

“There is a lack of economic and political motivation to defend life in the oceans. The profit is made by companies exploiting the oceans and they have the money to buy the politicians who make the laws.”

“Unless we stop the degradation of our oceans, marine ecological systems will begin collapsing and when enough of them fail, the oceans will die. And if the oceans die, then civilization collapses and we all die.”

“We are literally eating the oceans alive and there are simply not enough fish to continue to feed an ever expanding population of humanity.”

“We can not live on this planet with dead oceans. If our oceans die, we die.”

“We don’t give a damn what you or anybody else on this planet thinks. We didn’t sink those ships for you. We did it for the whales.”

“We live in a media culture and whoever controls and influences and uses media the best has the power for change.”

“We need to radically and intelligently reduce human populations to fewer than one billion.”

“We should never feel like we’re going too far in breaking the law, because whatever laws you break to liberate animals or to protect the environment are very insignificant compared to the laws that are broken by that parliament of whores in Washington.”

“We’re just a conceited naked ape, but in our minds we’re some ‘divine legend’ and we see ourselves as some sort of god, thinking we can decide what will live and what will die, what will be saved and what will be destroyed, but honestly we’re just a bunch of primates out of control.”

“What we need now is heroes – millions of them. Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.”

Paul Watson sits down for an interview as he discusses marine wildlife conservation.