Save the Dolphin: Hayden Panettiere in Violent Protest

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She may not be indestructible like her kick-ass TV persona, but Heroes cheerleader Hayden Panettiere is trying to save the world in her own way, and we commend her for it.

The 18-year-old actress was involved in a confrontation with Japanese fishermen this week as she tried to disrupt a dolphin slaughter that takes place annually.

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Along with five other marine activists, Hayden paddled out on a surfboard to reach a pod of dolphins to stop them from being driven into a nearby cove and killed.

But the six surfers, from Australia and the United States, were intercepted by a fishing boat before they could reach the dolphins.

The fishermen used the boat's propellers to block their way and at one point struck out at Hayden Panettiere and company with a boathook.

It was an ugly, potentially life-threatening confrontation that lasted more than 10 minutes before the surfers were forced to return to the beach.

It is believed that the dolphins were later taken into the cove and killed.

A keen surfer and committed marine conservationist who is a supporter of the campaign to save Japan's dolphins, Hayden Panettiere said:

"It was really frightening. Some of us were hit by the boathook. But in the end all we really worried about was the dolphins. It was so incredibly sad. We were so close to them and they were sky hopping, jumping out of the water to see us."

Breaking down in tears, the Heroes starlet added: "One little baby dolphin stuck his head out of the water and kinda looked at me and the thought that it's no longer with us is really hard to take."

Following the incident, the surfers drove straight to Osaka airport and left the country to avoid arrest by the Japanese national police.

All would have been charged with criminal trespassing, but Hayden Panettiere is now back in Los Angeles on the set of her hit TV series.

More than 22,000 dolphins are slaughtered by fishermen in Japan every year. The hunt continues despite worldwide condemnation.

In Taijie, more than 2,000 are killed in a season. Many Japanese believe dolphins should be treated like fish. They have been hunting the mammals for centuries and see criticism of this as an attack on their culture.

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B Says:
Different????WHO are they....just human beings like us ....they have fishes to feed...on for their sashimis....but why dolphins....."the cove" quted....they are doing PEST CONTROL.....silly people with silly thoughts....they are the pest to the dolphins....who give them the rights to kill????KILLing in the war war....and now....killing....innocent dolphins who save lives of surfers....in many parts...of the world.....who are they to be the pest controller???They blame the population of fishes vastly reducing ....but in fact they are the ones feeding on the fishes.....!!!!

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Aaron K Says: dont't be such a dumb and.....easily manupilated by the smart japs.....silly indeed....that is just there excuses to cover their crime!!!!They ....are violent in nature.....shows in the war war.....runs in their blood....but not all japs are like that.....cruel....violent only the "extreme" ones....!!!!! chicken,cows....pigs don't physically safe lives.....some may argue that they save life by feed us.....but they rear to be eaten.....dolphins are intelligent mammals....which breathe the same air as us they don't have gills.....

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today i was watching dolphin defender i saw people slaughtering dolphins it just made me want to puke there was alot of blood on the shore hannah k ,age 10

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I commend Hayden and her group 4 what they did!!! I think more people should attempt that!!! If I had the money 2 go and knew about where it was I would have gone 2 in a hot second. I love dolphins they r friendly & my fave animal!!! I love all animals tho!!! 2 bad they couldn't stop them but @ least they tried!!! 2 Yatika Chaudhri, Mike & Bruce Smith u guys r a bunch of evil cruel stupid losers who should shut up!!!

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go..go..hayden..make the better world with saving the dolphin and the other oceans animals..let our grandchildren have a better world than now....blees u

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Go Japanese! I hope they start on the Negroes next. The evidence is OVERWHELMING that whales and dolphins are in fact sentient beings and not merely animals like cows or chickens. Moreover, these pilot whales are killed for interfering with the fishing trade and are not used as food. If they were killing black people for shopping in their supermarkets and buying food first there'd be a hell of an outcry, don't you think?

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OK, I love dolphins to death(haha) and I want to save them just as much the next man, but it's true: the japanese and OTHER nations have been hunting dolphins, whales and other sea mammals for as long as anyone can remember. It's part of their culture and tradition. That doesn't mean that I agree with it, but I can understand. It's true that a lot of the dolphins aren't used for food, but what about Tuna eh? As for Hayden being a hero... bullcrap. If you are going to call her a "true hero" will you please include all the other "normal" people that struggle everyday to keep the beaches clean, animals well, and poachers away. There are so many people and organizations that are doing their best to help the cause, more than "the hero" does.
SAVE THE DOLPHINS, SAVE THE WORLD!!!

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Japan is a different culture, each culture is unique. Who are we to judge, since we eat an assortment of creatures. Telling people what to eat and what not to eat is beyond butting in affairs of others.
You wouldn't like it when Japanese celebrities tell you what to eat and what not to eat.
People tend to treat animals better than their fellow human being.
You must understand nature is a cruel mistress. the weaker animals get weeded out, while the healthier ones scoot to safety.
From judging the previous post, you sure know how to insult and put down other cultures.

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1) Murder is wrong
2) What Hayden and the other surfers did was a brave act that we should all commend
3) The Japanese shouldn't be slaughtering dolphins because they are innocent creatures, not because they're cute!
4) No animal should be slaughtered or ill treated as who are we to decide that we are better than them!

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mike you are a pig

Hayden Panettiere Biography

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