Whale Commission to Meet in Santiago, Chile

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The International Whaling Commission, a treaty organization made up of 80 countries, is meeting next week to discuss the future of whaling around the world. The commission is considering lifting the ban on commercial whale-hunting, which has been in place the last 12 years. Argentina has a large interest in this ban, of course, as whales swim up Patagonia, its eastern coast, every year to have their babies and are a tourism draw. The Buenos Aires Group is a union of several Latin American countries who are trying to promote whale and dolphin research and conservation. They have proposed a whale reserve, a special area in which whale hunting is always forbidden and whale-watching tourism is encouraged.

VIA AFP

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