Hayden Panettiere was in was in Taiji, Japan earlier this week, protesting commercial fishing that kills hundreds of dolphins each year. The Heroes star came prepared to do battle by donning a bikini and brining, ahem, attention to the cause. From the article,
“Hayden Panettiere, star of TVs hit series Heroes, paddled out on behalf of Save The Whales Again! She expressed that she felt the spirit of the dolphins who had been driven into the killing cove over the last 400 years.
We had a moment of silence for all the dolphins that had been killed here, said Panettiere, who uses her celebrity to protect dolphins and whales. It was highly emotional. I wished for peace and for no more pain at this beautiful yet tragic cove.
The Taiji fishermen, who defend the kills as part of their traditional fishing culture, had planned to stop the ceremony through force and police arrest. The possibility of a locally led resistance was averted by a dramatic last-minute turnaround. Rastovich was able to broker a meeting with area locals less than 12 hours before the paddle-out crew arrived unannounced at the killing cove.”
Locally led resistance? Sounds intense! Kudos to Hayden for lending her celebrity to the cause. Click here to learn more about the organization.