Podcast: Checking in with Margaux Dodds, Marine Connection

Here at The War on Wildlife Project we were thinking that as us campaigners, conservationists and activists can’t get out to meet and see each other now, how about creating something to bring the conservation community together – everyone from individuals to grassroots organisations to larger charities – something that reminds us all that we’re still out there, still working, but that also shows the human side of things during this COVID-19 crisis.

An ongoing series of short podcast conversations we could think of as ‘check-ins’ (as in ‘we’re checking in to make sure we’re all okay’) – chats about how we’re getting on, how we’re adapting as campaigners, how connecting with Nature – even if it’s just through the window – is helping us cope.

Now, we appreciate that everyone has Facebook, Twitter, their own blogs even, but perhaps bringing everyone together like this in one place could really create an interesting set of viewpoints/tips/different thinking – and maybe even keep us from feeling alone…

So that’s the idea, and today I’m speaking with Margaux Dodds a highly experienced campaigner and Director and co-founder of Marine Connection, a registered charity based in the UK, that since 1997 has been working internationally on the protection, conservation and welfare of all cetaceans. I spoke to Margaux not long after an insightful and thought-provoking post was published on the Marine Connection website which was titled “Global lockdown – the impact on captive dolphins, whales and porpoises”.


“…what drives us is that views are changing…the public’s desire to see an animal in a tank is diminishing….this will mean that the cetaceans held now will be the last generation in captivity…”

Margaux Dodds | Marine Connection
April 2020


Not happy, not smiling. In lockdown for the rest of its life. (Captive dolphin copyright Marine Connection)

Marine Connection is online at marineconnection.org and you can find links on their homepage to their campaign work and latest news items – including that post on the Global Lockdown we referred to during our conversation – and of course ways to support the organisation. They are also on Twitter at MC_org and Facebook at marine-connection.