Japan Dolphin Slaughter

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A sign informs visitors of restricted entry into the port area, where meat from dolphins caught during the town's annual slaughter is processed and packaged for market, in Taiji, Japan on 10 September 2009. The dolphin culls have been conducted in near-secrecy since 2003, when members of marine conservation group Sea Shepherd released several dolphins that were being kept in an enclosure ready to be slaughtered..Photographer: Robert Gilhooly