Paul Watson resigned from the Sierra Club board of national directors on Monday (4/17) in protest of the organization’s promotion of hunting as a form of environmental conservation. Last year Watson protested the Sierra Club’s posting of pictures of its leaders posing with their trophy kills, but the final straw came in the form of an essay contest entitled Why I Hunt. The contest grand prize package includes an all expense paid hunting and fishing trip for two to an Alaska sportsman’s lodge that is valued at $12,200. (The Sierra club spends over $200,000 annually on hunter outreach programs.)
Paul Watson is the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an unapologetic animal/ environmental advocacy group that uses direct action to stop illegal fishing and whaling and all-too-legal seal clubbing. Folks looking to help the environment and its inhabitants should probably lend their support to them.