Since posting this, Elsevier has responded that the images will be removed. Hopefully they will also put mechanisms in place to ensure this doesn't occur again.
What the fuck?!?!?
Who the hell at the journal, publisher (I'm looking at you Elsevier), and European Proteomics Association thinks this is okay?
Stop it. And get rid of those images.
[UPDATE] The Lab and Field has already posted on this. Also, author of those two papers gave this reply to a complaint from @madamscientist.