Sierra Club: Ever More Radical

September 4, 2003

Consumer Freedom

The Sierra Club is one of the nation's most powerful environmental groups.

Its campaigns against livestock agriculture, modern crop farming, and even vineyards have been devastating to farmers across America.

While the Sierra Club uses aggressive tactics, its activities aren't against the law.

But in April 2003, the Sierra Club elected "Captain" Paul Watson -- one of the fathers of environmental terrorism -- to its Board of Directors.

Watson's methods of environmental and animal-rights activism include ramming fishing boats and firing shotguns at fisherman in a way that is "not defensive."

And he has hatched a plan to wrest control of the Sierra Club.

At the Animal Rights 2003 conference in Los Angeles, Watson explained his strategy:

"One of the reasons that I'm on the Sierra Club board of directors right now is to try and change it ... we're only three directors away from controlling that board. We control one-third of it right now. And once we get three more directors elected, the Sierra Club will no longer be pro-hunting and pro-trapping and we can use the resources of the $95-million-a-year budget to address some of these issues. And the heartening thing about it is that, in the last election, of the 750,000 members of the Sierra Club, only 8 percent of them voted. So, you know, a few hundred, or a few thousand people from the animal rights movement joining the Sierra Club -- and making it a point to vote -- will change the entire agenda of that organization."

Watson also said that he "owed no allegiance to humanity."