Friday, 30 January 2009

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

Stephen Ladyman Press Release
(London - 28 January 2009) Stephen Ladyman, MP for South Thanet has shown his support for whales by striking a ‘whale tail’ pose with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

Stephen is 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.

Robbie Marsland, Director of IFAW UK, said: “We are very grateful to insert name for showing their support for whales. 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. Support for this project demonstrates that many people feel the same.”

Stephen Ladyman said: “We have to keep up the pressure on those countries that still allow whaling and do even more to raise awareness of the threats to these magnificent creatures. Taking part on this project is a little bit of fun with a serious purpose so I hope hundreds of people from our local community will upload their own pictures.”

Whale tail images can be uploaded to the website http://www.tailsforwhales.org/ (JPEG format, minimum 1024x768pix). 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 (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.

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