Global whale talks vote down At­lantic sanc­tu­ary plan

The Myanmar Times - - World -

An in­ter­na­tional whal­ing meet­ing yes­ter­day voted down a fresh bid by south­ern hemi­sphere na­tions to cre­ate an At­lantic sanc­tu­ary for the marine mam­mals. Op­posed by whal­ing na­tions Ja­pan, Nor­way and Ice­land, the move re­quired 75 per­cent of votes to pass, but re­ceived only 38 “yes” bal­lots out of 64. The 15-yearold proposal was put for­ward by Ar­gentina, Brazil, Gabon, South Africa and Uruguay – coun­tries which have whale-watch­ing in­dus­tries.

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