Posts by Chris Butler-Stroud

Whaling in Japan, who wins and who loses?

As the G20 global leaders meet in Japan, Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s CEO, Chris Butler-Stroud reflects on the political motivations that keep the whaling industry alive, despite the fact that up to 95% of Japanese people very rarely or never eat whale meat. So it would appear that those in control of Japanese whaling policy…

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Will Japan’s new emperor bring new hope for whales?

This week, Japan’s Emperor Akihito offered his formal abdication to the Japanese people and delivered his last public address as emperor. He is the first Japanese monarch to stand down in more than 200 years and came to the decision to abdicate after concluding that he was unable to serve the people of Japan in…

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Remembering our friend Jo Toole

All of us here at WDC were deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Jo’s death in last Sunday’s air crash near Addis Ababa. Many of us had had the pleasure and privilege of working with Jo over many years and it is hard to think of anyone who better epitomises the concept of ‘making…

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Will Japan leave the International Whaling Commission?

Every now and again whaling interests in Japan call on their government to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates whaling). ‘JEXIT’ as one commentator noted, trying to be clever. This is not the first time that Japan has threatened to leave the IWC. Seemingly used as a negotiating tool, it has…

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UK NGO coalition reacts to the Budget

WDC, as part of Wildlife and Countryside Link,  joined in Link’s respone to the UK Chancellor’s 2017 Budget today, 22nd November. Throwaway plastic charges plans welcomed The release stated “Environment groups have today welcomed the Chancellor’s commitment to investigate charges for single-use plastics. This has the potential to make a big environmental impact, as plastic bag…

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Happy birthday WDC, and here’s to the next 30 years!

Will you make a donation to help us protect whales and dolphins for the next 30 years? Thank you. WDC is 30 years-old and I am incredibly proud of the team of people – staff, volunteers, partners and supporters – who have helped achieve our many successes during those three decades. But the very fact…

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Michael Gove sets out his vision of 'Green Brexit'

On Friday, I and some eighty plus conservationists and journalists were invited to listen to the UK Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove MP, speak at what was his first major speech after having been appointed some six weeks ago. Before he spoke, WWF, who were hosting the event at their headquarters in…

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