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Seasons Greetings

Hi Everyone, Where has the year gone?? It’s nearly Christmas already and Susan and I are heading away on holiday for the next wee while over to the west coast this weekend so I won’t get another chance to say… Very Best Wishes for the Festive Season, have fun – stay safe and if I…

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Chasing ‘Personhood’: Do Whales and Dolphins Qualify?

WDC recently participated in a conference held December 6th-8th at Yale University entitled “Personhood Beyond the Human.” The conference was organized with the intention of exploring and challenging the frameworks that guide our human categorization of non-human animal species and other non-human entities, such as human-manufactured intelligence (e.g., robots) or human-animal hybrids (i.e., chimeras). From an…

A sense of porpoise…

About 15 years ago, WDC first called upon the UK government to put in place Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) for harbour porpoises to fulfil their European responsibility to do so. Denmark, Germany and Northern Ireland, amongst other European countries, have all put SACs in place to protect porpoises in their national waters. The deadline…

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New Zealand Dolphin – How to lose the race to extinction, Part 1

Extinction is a sensitive word in New Zealand. Around the world, people have an image of New Zealand as a wild, natural landscape with protected oceans, a nuclear free zone in the glorious “land of the hobbit.” In fact, as relatively unspoilt as the country is and as much as I like New Zealand, it…

How do children feel about whales and dolphins in captivity?

Not long ago, I wrote a magazine article about the power of environmental education and how studies have shown that parental attitudes and action towards the natural world are directly influenced by engaging children in environmental and conservation issues. To put it another way, children have power over us! They are not just the conservationists…

The role of science in conservation policy

I had the pleasure last week of visiting a number of the UK’s leading universities. I have been looking at the courses that deliver modules covering animal law and conservation teaching and meeting students just beginning their careers in animal protection. In delivering a lecture at John Moores University Liverpool, I was questioned on the…