Chile creates massive whale sanctuary

Date: 2/12/2008

The Chilean Congress passed a bill banning whale hunting for commercial and scientific purposes off Chile’s expansive coastline. The news is encouraging, especially in light of recovering humpback whale populations in the Straits of Magellan, as well as the discovery of the blue whale nursery in the Gulf of Corcovado, which separates Chiloe Island from the Chilean mainland. In passing the bill, Chile is sending a clear message of its commitment to protect whales in its territory. By creating the whale sanctuary, Chile joins other Latin American nations-including Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama-who have already banned whale hunting.

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