Japan Dolphin Slaughter

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Grasping a steel implement in his right hand, the fin of a dolphin (partly obscured by tarpaulin sheets) in the other, a fisheries worker laughs while standing in the bloody waters of  "killer cove" in Taiji, Japan on 10 September 2009. Around 30 local fishermen are employed in the annual culls, capturing a total of around 2,300 dolphins, almost 10 percent of the annual total catch quota, over a 6-month period. While the meat of one dolphin will fetch around US$600 at market, dolphinariums will pay as much as US$150,000 for more sought after varieties.
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