Annual Japan dolphin slaughter

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In this Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 photo provided by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Tuesday, Jan. 21, bottlenose dolphins are confined in nets in a cove by fishermen in Taiji, western Japan. Japanese fishermen have finished killing some of the 250 dolphins trapped recently in what activists say was the biggest roundup they have witnessed in the last four years. Sea Shepherd, best known for its anti-whaling activities, said the fishermen first selected 52 dolphins to keep alive for sale to aquariums and other customers. (AP Photo/Sea Shepherd Conservation Society) NO SALES

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Fishermen in Japan have begun slaughtering dozens of bottlenose dolphins, ignoring protesters’ calls to spare the animals and a rare public show of concern by the US government.

The annual hunt in Taiji, a picturesque whaling town on the Pacific coast, began early Tuesday morning, according to activists from the Sea Shepherd marine conservation group who are monitoring the fishermen. (Christian Science Monitor)

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