A proposal will be unveiled today that would legalise commercial whale-hunting for the first time in 24 years.

Internet political action group Avaaz believes many governments are planning to stand aside and allow commercial whaling to resume and that an outcry is needed now to ensure the failure of the new hunting push.

The organisation has launched a last-minute petition to be sent to the delegates of the International Whaling Commission every time they reach another 100,000 signatures.

A strong international consensus has opposed whaling for decades, but Japan, Norway, and Iceland have continued their hunt, ignoring the global ban or exploiting a loophole by claiming their expeditions were classified as “scientific research”. The new proposal is believed to completely legalise commercial whaling.

You can sign the petition here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/whales_under_threat/?vl

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