As the Japanese prepare to herd thousands of dolphins into coves and stab them with spears and bash them with clubs until the sea is bright red with blood, many groups, including environmentalists, are uniting to oppose the slaughter.

As this article points out, animal welfare arguments are central, since dolphins do not face extinction. It seems many environmental groups are coming to realize that brutality against animals is not consistent with environmental ethics, regardless of “sustainability”.

What is so pathetic is how the Japanese trot out the same old arguments about “cultural tradition” that they use for whaling. It’s the same broken record and the same broken skulls. The Japanese don’t have a monopoly on brutality, but this practice is so egregious is has to go.

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