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Blanket ban on whale hunting

September 12, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Chile is making its entire Pacific Ocean territorial waters a whale sanctuary. The Senate unanimously passed a bill submitted by President Michelle Bachelet that bans whale hunting off Chile's 3,400-mile coast.

Chile has not hunted whales since the 1970s. But Bachelet says the nation wants to send a clear sign of its will to protect whales in its waters.

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