Magazine article Geographical

Allan Thornton, Conservationist and Director of Environmental Investigation Agency. (Straight Talk)

Magazine article Geographical

Allan Thornton, Conservationist and Director of Environmental Investigation Agency. (Straight Talk)

Article excerpt

You were given a lifetime achievement award at the recent BBC Animal Awards. Can you give us a brief overview of your work?

I have spent most of the past 25 years in conservation. In Greenpeace, I helped purchase its Rainbow Warrior in the late 1970s; I co-founded the EIA in 1984 after leaving Greenpeace because I wanted to create a different type of organisation. However, between 1986 and 1988 I ran Greenpeace's London HQ, before returning full-time to the Agency.

As Director are you nowadays far removed from the 'frontline'?

Not at all. I stay very much hands-on, as do my co-founders David Currey and Jenny Lonsdale.

What has been the highlight of your work?

I'm especially proud of our efforts to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises -- not just helping to secure the whale hunting moratorium, but also in highlighting the killing of dolphins. In 1982 in Turkey, 25,000 dolphins were killed for their oil, which the European leather tanning industry had been banned from importing, so the oil was just being stockpiled We got that stopped in less than a year

Has your work ever put you in danger? …

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