Proposal to create whale sanctuary in S Atlantic defeated

  • In this Oct. 11, 2017 file photo, a Southern right whale glides in the waters off El Doradillo Beach, Patagonia, Argentina, during the annual whale migration from Antarctica to Argentina’s Patagonia to give birth and feed their offspring. Japan is proposing an end to a decades-old ban on commercial whaling, arguing there is no longer a scientific reason for what was supposed to be a temporary measure, at the International Whaling Commission meetings that opened Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 in Florianopolis, Brazil. (AP Photo/Maxi Jonas, File)

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil — A proposal to create a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic was defeated Tuesday at a meeting in Brazil of the International Whaling Commission, amid a clash between countries that think whales can be hunted sustainably and others that want more conservation measures.