This article exposing the cruel mass murders of dolphin by Japanese fisherman brings a question to mind:
The Japanese government defends the killings for meat as traditional.
Why do we give even a moment’s thought to “tradition” as a defense for such horrific acts? Many cultures – our own definitely included – have truly evil acts in our traditions. Ought we allow such evils to continue on the basis of so flimsy a defense as “this happened in our past”?