The Japanese village notorious for the dolphin hunt documented in the film "The Cove" has slaughtered a pod of dolphins but spared the youngest animals, a U.S.-based activist group said Tuesday. 

Not only were these sentient beings killed unnecessarily and horrifically, but youngsters who were spared were left on their own and most likely will also perish. It's time to end this needless killing, often justified in the name "research." Of course, there's no research involved. 

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