“Imagine walking up to the Black Stone of Mecca and spitting on it. You’d be torn to pieces, and everyone would say you deserved it. Walk into the Vatican with a hammer and start smashing a few statues; see how far you’d get. But each and every day people go into the most beautiful, the most profoundly sacred cathedrals of this planet—the rainforests of Amazonia and Indonesia, the redwood forests of California—and totally desecrate and destroy those cathedrals with bulldozers and chainsaws.
And how do we respond to that? Oh, we write a few letters of protest, we dress up like animals and jump up and down with picket signs. We don’t rip those people from limb to limb. Because nature is an abstraction. It has no value in our anthropocentric world where the only thing we value is that which is created by humans.”
--Paul Watson, loved or hated eco-vigilante and star of the recently released documentary, The Whale Warrior: Pirate for the Sea.