08 Dec '11, 12am
Latin American nations urge Japan to stop whaling:
BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Latin American members of the International Whaling Commission urged Japan on Wednesday to stop 'scientific' whaling in Antarctic waters and to respect sanctuaries. The countries stated 'their firmest rejection' of plans to hunt whales, 'including endangered species, in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary,' a statement read. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay were the countries signing the statement. Japan's whaling fleet left port on Tuesday for this season's annual hunt in Antarctica, with Japan's coast guard saying it would deploy extra security to protect it from anti-whaling activists.