05/23/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Tails For Whales

One Person Can Make a Whale of a Difference


Introducing "Tails for Whales," a continued campaign arranged by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to assure the protection of whales worldwide from local governments.

With the recent Oscar-winning film The Cove bringing attention to international government mistreatment of sea creatures large and small, Tails for Whales comes at the perfect time and is the perfect co-captain in the ship to save sea animals.

The beauty of Tails for Whales is its simplicity. Simply log onto their website and upload a photo of yourself doing a "whale tail" pose with your hands. The photos will then be used in television ads, the first of which is running on National Geographic; in print campaigns; to make news stories and blog posts; and to organize a massive Tails for Whales petition book which will be passed out as a visual petition to government officials.

The global campaign, which began in the UK about a year ago has already garnered support from celebrities like Twiggy, True Blood's vampire hunk Alexander Skarsgard, Pierce Brosnan, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, Nip/Tuck's Dylan Walsh, Jane Goodall, Jimmy Kimmel, Amber Valetta, Joely Fisher, among others. They have also partnered with events at New York Fashion Week and in Hollywood as the number of faces in the campaign continues to grow. And more faces means more supporters in arguably the biggest visual petition of all time.

IFAW began in 1969 as a small group of concerned environmentalists attempting to end the hunt for seal pups in Canada. Ten years later they launched their global whale conservation and welfare program. Today, with offices in 16 countries, IFAW is one of the largest environmental agencies in the world.

IFAWs work with whales is tireless. They conduct whale-friendly research and are devoted to education and outreach while promoting responsible whale watching. They work to combat problems plaguing whales worldwide by attempting to rewrite policy and legislation across the world. IFAW has spent decades seeking innovative solutions to great whale problems such as entanglement, ship strikes, whaling, ocean noise, climate change and strandings. Tails for Whales is just one of their innovative, peaceful solutions.

To add your face to the global petition, check out
For more information on IFAW Whales, visit