Strike a ‘whale tail’ pose to help save the whale

Tuesday, 27 January, 2009
(London - 27 January 2009) An exciting new photo art project is launching today (Tue) to help save whales with celebrities, politicians and people from all walks of life invited to take part.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) wants thousands of people across the UK to strike a whale tail pose and get involved in ‘Tails for Whales’. Model and presenter Twiggy and comedienne Jo Brand are among celebrities already taking part to raise awareness of the need for greater whale protection.

IFAW works year-round to protect whales from the cruelty of whaling and the many other threats they face including ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear, pollution, climate change and man-made ocean noise.

The project will be officially launched at Westminster where more than 70 MPs are expected to pledge their support by striking the whale tail pose. All photos will be displayed on the dedicated website – – which is now live so members of the public can also upload their whale tail photos.

Robbie Marsland, Director of IFAW UK, said: “Whales face more threats today than ever before and this project is a great way for people in the UK to show that they want to see them protected. We are very grateful to the celebrities and politicians who have already pledged their support and we are encouraging as many people as possible to take part.

“IFAW opposes commercial or so-called ‘scientific’ whaling because it is cruel and unnecessary and we believe these magnificent and intelligent creatures should be protected for future generations to enjoy.”

The aim is to collect thousands of the positive whale tail images on the website, particularly in the run-up to the next meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in June 2009, to urge all member countries to use their votes for whale conservation, rather than allowing any attempts to weaken or overturn the worldwide ban on commercial whaling.

To add your whale tail photo visit and upload your image (JPEG format, minimum 1024x768pix). Please also email your friends and family, asking them to do the same.

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