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Organization
    (1971- )
    Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Campaigns to stop whaling, nuclear weapons testing, nuclear power, global warming, logging in ancient forests and genetic engineering
    Offices in 41 countries
    Has 2.8 million financial supporters
    Paul Watson, who left the group to found the more radical Sea Shepherd, called them 'the Avon ladies of the environmental movement.'
    They exhibited a section of a tree that they claimed had been logged from an ancient forest in Finland (June, 1995). The tree actually had not come from an endangered forest and had not been logged, but had fallen on road during a storm.
    During a mission to protect the Tubbatah Reef in the Philippines, the Rainbow Warrior II ran aground on the reef, damaging it (2005).
    Dr. Patrick Moore, a former member, described their campaign against genetically-modified foods as 'based largely on fantasy and a complete lack of respect for science and logic.'
    Unlike the Earth Liberation Front, they perform only non-violent acts of civil disobedience.
    To maintain their independence, they do not accept money from corporations or governments.
    The French government planted bombs to destroy their ship The Rainbow Warrior, killing a photographer (July 10, 1985).
    After two Greenpeace activists hung a banner protesting logging on a ship importing mahogany, the Justice Department charged the entire organization with 'sailor mongering' under an obscure law last used in 1890.
    A judge ruled for Greenpeace, calling the indictment 'a rare – and maybe unprecedented – prosecution of an advocacy group' for free-speech related conduct (2004).

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