Clive Efford MP strikes a ‘whale tail’ pose for whales and urges constituents to do the same

Clive Efford has shown his support for whales by striking a ‘whale-tail’ pose with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

Clive was taking part in IFAW’s ‘Tails for Whales’ photo art project, which has been launched to raise awareness of the need for greater whale protection. IFAW is encouraging people from all walks of life to be photographed making the whale tail hands symbol. Model and presenter Twiggy and comedienne Jo Brand are among celebrities taking part and this week more than 70 MPs also struck a whale-tail pose for whales.

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

Clive said: “I would like to congratulate Ifaw for highlighting this issue in this way. I oppose commercial or so-called ‘scientific’ whaling because it is cruel and unnecessary. These magnificent and intelligent creatures should be protected for future generations to enjoy. Support for this project demonstrates that many people feel the same. I would like as many people as possible to take part by submitting their photos to Ifaw.”

“Whale tail images can be uploaded to the website Please take part and email your friends and family asking them to do the same.”

The aim is to collect as many of these positive images as possible on the website, particularly in the run-up to the next meeting of the International Whaling Commission 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.

Despite a worldwide ban on commercial whaling coming into effect in 1986, more than 30,000 whales have been killed for commercial reasons since that time.

Japan hunts whales under a loophole for so-called “scientific” whaling, which IFAW believes is really commercial whaling by another name. Iceland has killed whales both commercially and under the “scientific” clause and Norway has continued to hunt commercially under an objection to the ban.

Japanese whalers are currently hunting almost 1,000 whales in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary, Antarctica.

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