It is with heavy hearts that we write this post - reduced to words that will never capture the full effect we want them to have.
The organizing hub of Marineland Animal Defense have been closely following the health of Stephen Watson for months as for many of of us he is a friend, comrade, mentor, teacher and inspiration. News today, that after months of battling stage 3 cancer, Stephen Watson now has congestive heart failure and two weeks to live is a horrible blow.
Stephen’s effect, through life long advocacy as an artist, is very easily recognizable within our group. Many of our members are from London, On - where Stephen lives - and without doubt the majority of dedicated ocean activists and advocates in Ontario come from London, On. The beginnings of M.A.D. also came as a result of a fundraiser in St. Catharines in January 2010 where Stephen and his wife Renee tabled for Sea Shepherd - a prisoner support fundraiser for the AETA 4 where “The Cove” was screened. Without Stephen, Renee, and the entire Watson family, M.A.D. and much of the ocean advocacy that happens in Ontario and throughout the world simply would not exist.
Stephen is now facing an unbelievable uphill battle - and as a result of the criminalization of his brother, Paul, he may not be able to see his brother again. We are disgusted to live in a world where this is considered “justice.” For those who despair, please re double your efforts in supporting Paul Watson as a result of this news.
We are also urging all members to reach out and leave message of support with the Watson family - acknowledging Stephen’s advocacy and supporting him and his family. For a person so noted for his heart, Stephen has now given it to the rest of us to carry. We aim to make him proud.
Marineland Animal Defense
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