How You Can Help

 Ideas on possible activities for groups and individuals that wish to help the campaign against the resumption of commercial whaling. Please choose those most appropriate for you:

  • Write to the Minister responsible for whaling (probably either in the Fisheries or Environment Department)
  • Write to the Leader of your Government and copy it to the press or deliver a ëletter of concerní to your government in front of the press Tell them why you oppose any resumption of commercial whaling, and why you believe any compromise on whaling is wrong;', 'What you can do to help the whales:Ideas on possible activities for groups and individuals that wish to help the campaign against the resumption of commercialwhaling. Please choose those most appropriate for you:
  • Write to the Minister responsible for whaling (probably either in the Fisheries or Environment Department)
  • Issue a press release stating date and time you will be handing the letter in. Copy your letter with the pr to the media.
  • Ask for an urgent meeting with your Government Minister and the IWC Commissioner concerning your governmentís position on whaling
  • Tell him/her how many members of the public you represent and that they want the government to have a strong policy opposing any commercial whaling, or any compromises. Give him/her the reasons you believe whaling should be opposed. Offer to support them;
  • Ask to have regular meetings in the run up to the IWC meeting to discuss the governmentís position. Attend the annual IWC meetings and keep a watch on your country''s delegation''s actions.Show your government that you take this issue very seriously and want to monitor first-hand what they say and do at IWC meetings so that you can report back to the public at home.
  • Ask for daily meetings with your delegation at the IWC
  • Ask to be on the delegation! Many countries have NGO representatives on their delegation. Contact your local political representative
  • Write to all politicians. Tell them about your governmentís position and the reasons to oppose whaling;Ask them to help you change the governmentís position.
  • Tell your supporters about whaling and why their government should oppose it
  • Send them copies of the Campaigns Pack, or direct them towards it on your website. Ask them to get active by writing letters, holding peaceful demonstrations, etc against whaling.
  • Inform the media
  • Issue press releases and hold press conferences about the government''s position and the reasons to oppose whaling; Write articles and letters for press and magazines about whaling for publication. Include actions that the public can take and addresses they can write to.
  • Inform the public of the issues. You can reach the public through the press, your own website and via other NGOs.
  • Join forces with other NGOs who share your values .
  • Ask them to tell their supporters about the campaign
  • Write joint letters and hold press conferences;
  • Set up a coalition and ask to meet the government together.
  • Get celebrity people involved.
  • Give them a copy of the Campaigns Pack, or highlight details of it.
  • Ask them to make public statements opposing whaling and asking the Government to do the same;
  • Ask them to attend your press conferences, protests etc.
  • Organise peaceful and safe publicity events to attract public and media attention
  • For example, consider having an international whale or anti-whaling day in conjunction with other NGOs around the world.
  • Write to the Japanese and Norwegian Embassy in your country