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The Stalker

Most people are familiar with the feeling of being stalked. An unnerving feeling of having a person watch your daily moves, practice covert surveillance and gather information about your life without ever revealing their efforts.

Some of us are unlucky enough to have been stalked or bullied by a former friend, partner, school mate or colleague. This person lurks in the shadows, menacing the victim. Their intent is not for direct confrontation, but to undermine mental stability and create panic which results in self destruction. It is a cowardly method of attack, but very effective.

Anti-salmon farming activist Alexandra Morton has stalked salmon farmers for most of her lifetime.

Not all salmon farmers in BC are susceptible to her attacks, but some are extremely vulnerable. Young men and women, First Nation employees, workers that live in small island communities, and the employees who work and live at remote salmon farms far removed from their families. These employees are scared to leave their float house, and to be photographed from a distance by Morton’s telephoto lens, to be identified and shamed in public. They are nervous at their workplace on the open ocean, and at their homes.vlcsnap-2016-07-25-11h47m41s667

Not that Morton will ever physically or verbally attack salmon farmers. Quite the opposite. She is polite, respectful, even gracious in her interactions with staff. For the goal of a stalker is never direct confrontation, it is to watch the prey lose its nerves and stop functioning.

Morton is too familiar with the courts to put herself on the wrong side of the law, unless it is an arrest that will win her public sympathy. She’ll never be charged with a violent crime. She’s not about to get charged for sexual harassment either. However, earlier this year she took and published a photo of a female employee in a vulnerable position. She invited an online discussion of the photo containing many sexist and derogatory comments about this employee. She only posts the photo, and lets her congregation do the dirty work.

And while Morton may not physically or verbally attack her victim, her Facebook followers scramble to express their allegiance to her in very concerning ways.Alexis in school

This is Canada, 2017. We should not, and do not, tolerate individuals causing fear through bullying, harassment, intimidation or stalking.

Fishers and First Nations: hipster hypocrites are using you

If you fish for a living, are an Indigenous Person, or even just love eating seafood, the Sea Shepherd Society is not your friend. You’re their next target, if you haven’t been attacked already.

402556They don’t care about your livelihood. They don’t care if you’re trying to fish responsibly. They don’t care about your culture, your traditional practices, or even if you live or die.

You are a means to their end.

They might seem friendly now. That’s because you’re useful to them. But their end game is that they don’t want anyone to eat seafood at all. Period.

What’s that? You have a 10,000 year-old tradition, culture, and lifestyle based on seafood? Too bad, become vegan, or else.

You want to help restore wild salmon to abundance, so healthy fisheries can help feed millions? Tough, shut down your hatcheries and pull your boat out of the water. Start spreading the vegan gospel, or else.

This shouldn’t sound shocking. Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd followers are open about how they’re willing to use deceit to achieve their goals. They think commercial fishermen are “greedy, stupid” people and that Indigenous People who hunt seafood for subsistence and as part of their culture are “murdering little bastards.”

Like countless religious zealots and cultists before them, they are clearly willing to sacrifice facts, the truth, and anyone they disagree with in pursuit of what they believe.

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And like countless churches and religious movements before them, they save their most poisonous venom and odious self-righteousness for supporters and potential allies who dare ask questions.

This was obvious in a recent social media exchange that was deleted from the society’s Facebook page, when a few innocently curious people started asking the wrong questions. The Snarky Intern running the society’s page got caught in a cognitive dissonance loop when they posted a video encouraging people to eat only wild-caught salmon.“I don’t understand why you share it if it doesn’t represent your values,” said one commenter, confused that the fiercely vegan society would promote eating any seafood at all.

Snarky Intern backpedalled, hard, trying to justify the video while at the same time being condescending, and trying to justify why everyone should be a vegan. It didn’t go well, and and Snarky Intern decided to throw the whole conversation down the memory hole instead of owning it.

Good thing the Internet never forgets.

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If you are supporting the Sea Shepherd and their “Operation Virus Hunter” campaign, this behaviour should concern you. Do you want to be lied to? Do you like being tricked? Do you approve of being seen as a disposal human shield? Do you mind having your cultural heritage, practices, and beliefs being used as a smokescreen for people who honestly don’t give an organic, granola-filled shit about you?

It’s time to start thinking for yourself, and asking yourself these questions.