Brazil Bans Whale Hunting Off Coast for 5 Years

Associated Press

President Jose Sarney on Friday banned whale hunting off the Brazilian coast for five years, saying the decision was the result of letters he had received from thousands of children asking his help in saving the seafaring mammals.

The decree signed by Sarney takes effect Jan. 1.

Navy Minister Adm. Henrique Saboia said that in 1985 a total of 598 whales were killed off the Brazilian coast.

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