Halt the Harpooning
In 2007, Lord Ashcroft intervened to try to prevent the Japanese from overturning the ban on whale hunting. In conjunction with the Environmental Investigations Agency, a campaigning organisation, he commissioned an unprecedented television advertising campaign.
The advertising campaign tried to persuade six small Caribbean nations – Antigua and Barbuda; Dominica; Grenada; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – not to back the Japanese plan to overturn the whaling ban. Lord Ashcroft spent some £250,000 on this campaign telling one British newspaper: “I just happen to like whales – it is beyond my comprehension that the Japanese plan to harpoon 50 humpback whales.”