CELEBS: Hayden Panettiere Saves the Whales Again!

Last November, Heroes star Hayden Panettiere made headlines when she participated in a peaceful demonstration against a dolphin slaughter in Japan. The demo didn’t end so peacefully, when the protesters were chased off and threatened with violence by the fishermen. (If you haven’t seen the video footage of this yet, it’s not for the faint of heart.)

Hayden is representing the Save the Whales Again! campaign, which will lobby the International Whaling Commission. She’ll also be meeting with ambassadors from Japan, Norway, and Iceland to discuss their countries’ whaling methods.

"Whales face increasing threats from climate change, ship strikes, entanglement in nets, and chemical and noise pollution, yet Japan, Norway and Iceland continue to kill them in increasing numbers," Panettiere said. "I am looking forward to talking with officials who actually make and carry out our policies, as well as fellow young people who will be voting in the upcoming election -- I want our voice to be heard."

Hayden will speak at a press conference Tuesday along with House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee Chair Nick Rahal (D-WV) and Senator John Kerry (D-MA)as an appeal to the government to return to its previous level of whale protection. Later that day, she’ll meet with Congress. 

Susan Millward, who directs animal marine programs at the Animal Welfare Institute, which is one of the co-founders of the campaign along with The Whaleman Foundation, explained America’s role in whaling. "Over 25,000 whales have been slaughtered for profit since the ban on commercial whaling was instituted. The United States is the current chair of the IWC and it must stand up to whaling countries and use its position to lead the world in conserving whales and their habitats."

Hayden has also recently opened an online store selling the designer clothes off her back to protect the backs of her seafaring friends: Proceeds benefit The Whaleman foundation. But if you don’t wear a women’s size small like the petite Panettiere, better look in the caps or miscellaneous categories. The site has already been such a success that they had to introduce a bidding system this week for the more popular items. At the risk of sounding like PETA, compassion must be in fashion.