Conservation Influencers

Unmasking NGOs

Conservation Influencers is a directory of 60 of the most active NGOs from the animal activist, environmental and ecological lobby, which analyses their history, mission, methodology, funding and reputation. It assesses their influence on the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the framing of the conservation debate globally. 

NGO in the spotlight...

The Earth Island Institute

The Earth Island Institute’s (EII) dolphin-safe eco-‘trust’ label scheme relies on self-certification that demands no proof to confirm how few dolphins tuna fishing vessels claim that they kill or injure. This was a fact that the documentary Seaspiracy usefully exposed, regardless of its motive, which was to persuade people to go vegan, when it filmed EII’s spokesperson Mark Palmer admitting the truth. Namely that EII’s so-called eco-trust-label, which earns the NGO millions of dollars, does not guarantee ‘dolphin-safe’ tuna, even though its ‘seal of approval’ says it does on almost every can of tuna sold in the USA.



Conservation is not about striking a balance between people and nature, it is about putting people first and managing natural resources responsibly for the benefit of humanity.


There are 8 billion people on the planet. Most of them live in cities. IWMC promotes the interests of aboriginal, rural and coastal communities (ARC) because they are frontline custodians harvesting nature’s bounty. They also suffer most from human wildlife conflicts, which IWMC works to resolve or minimise. Meanwhile, people in cities and towns consume what the harvesters harvest. Hence, IWMC supports the consumptive use of wildlife and defends all cultures that enjoy its benefits. According to the PEW charitable trusts, there are 260 million marine fisheries jobs worldwide. Many millions more are employed on the land. IWMC stands up for these workers and their communities informed by the principle of responsible, sustainable, wise use. We also firmly believe in the right of nations to manage their wildlife as they see fit. 

Wildlife Betrayed book - coming soon...

Wildlife Betrayed is the forward-looking, reforming manifesto which 21st-century conservation and sustainable development has lacked. It is in the form of a short book-length document, ideal for online propagation. It has six Case Studies ranging from Elephants to COVID showing how populist “hands-off” conservation and animal welfare campaigns are pursuing a well-funded and relentless campaign to mislead the public and hijack multilateral institutions, especially CITES.

The book will be available soon, in print and all popular digital formats. 

Contact IWMC for more information.

On Covid

“There is good reason to suggest that any CITES ban on trade on any wildlife animal species may encourage hitch-hiking zoonoses because of its encouragement to illegal and unscrutinised trade.”

Growth in Whales

“The good news is that the whale did not become extinct on our watch, and that there are more whales now than at any time since their large-scale exploitation got into full swing, and in some cases are returning to pre-exploitation levels.”

Demystifying Elephants

“What CITES might call its elephant successes, such as they are, are mostly the result of it being bent out of recognisable shape. It has made compromises over elephants which are heroic or unholy depending on what side of the fence you’re on, but which certainly risk the operation of the Convention becoming incoherent.”

There will be much more in the book that will confound those that think animals are beyond managed conservation and trade for consumptive use.

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