This National Whale Day, cast your vote for Wilbur Whale

Today is IFAW’s National Whale Day.

Today is IFAW’s National Whale Day. As you’ve probably noticed, there’s also a federal election running at the moment.

To get in the spirit of the campaign, we’re using IFAW’s National Whale Day to highlight the whale-friendly policies we would like to see the next government introduce.

We know it can be hard to feel motivated about the election. So we thought we’d have a bit of fun. We’re asking: if whales could stand in the election, what would their policies be?

Therefore, I’d like to introduce to you our candidate, Wilbur Whale, and his Whale and Dolphin Party.

He’s the candidate with a heart the size of a golf cart, and who literally lives and breathes the ocean. His party is also the only one that currently has the answers to the problems facing our whales and dolphins in Australia today. You can check out all of Wilbur’s policies in his election leaflet here.

But sadly, Wilbur can’t really stand for election. So if we want to see whale-friendly policies from the next government, we’re going to have to demand them.

Politicians need to hear our voices if we want more action against Japanese whaling. Whales won’t get more protection from ship strike and noise pollution unless we demand it.  The marine reserves we all fought so hard for, to protect the homes of our whales, won’t be put in place if we do not insist. Unless we ask, there won’t be any money for whale research.


Contact the main political parties standing in the federal election. Urge them to back the policies we need to create a better world for whales. Help us make the next government our most whale-friendly yet.

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Brian Sharp, Emergency Relief Officer, Stranding Coordinator
Manager, Marine Mammal Rescue and Research
Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation
Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation Program
Matt Collis, Director, International Policy
Director, International Policy
Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Whales
Program Director, Marine Conservation