by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals
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Hayden Panettiere Covers Self Magazine, Talks 'The Cove', ConservationSELF Magazine has given Heroes actress Hayden Panettiere the March cover — and not surprisingly, she takes the opportunity to champion marine conservation and promote the Academy Award nominated documentary The Cove. Here are some highlights:

On her protest trip to Taiji, Japan in 2007 with the Whaleman Foundation:

“When we did the protest in The Cove, I thought I’d be scared, but when I saw what was going on, I had no fear at all. I was deeply angry. I left knowing I’m not going to let those dolphins die in vain. Their deaths will help show the world the big picture. I’ve also taken a lot of trips to D.C. and met with senators about the issue. I even met with Barack Obama, when he was campaigning. He said he grew up in Hawaii so dolphins and whales are very close to him. I knew I had two minutes to reel off what I wanted to get across. He was larger than live and so nice. Laws and politics—that’s where things change.”

On a new documentary she’s helping to film, and what it’s like to swim with whales:

We’ve been filmingour dives for stock footage [foranother documentary]. It’s about having an experience with these animals but also having a great respect for how they work and communicate—and not disrupting them. They could easily hit you with their tail and you’d be done, but they don’t. You’re trying to make sure they’re comfortable. There are just no words.”

Check out an exclusive video after the jump from SELF of Panettiere swimming with whales!

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • don miguelo

    Go Hayden for being a voice for the voiceless!

    • agent orange

      Lets not forget the brutal things that go on in the cove every year. Japan has a disregard to earths wonderful creatures. Just recently a Japanese minister called minke whales the “cockroaches of the sea”. Look at the sort of psyche we are up against.

  • Adri

    She is so cool. Nice information about Obama’s interest in whales and dolphins. Now if he could just raise his humane grade (from the HSUS Humane Scorecard) from a B- to a A, that would be great!

  • quix

    Japan kills over 1,000 whales and 24,000 dolphins every year. They are driving the overfishing of bluefin tuna. It’s just a resource to them and when its gone they’ll move on to the next one.

  • Dgredy

    if anybody lives in new jersey i would like to start a really cool animal group but i need people that really care about aniamls!! my e-mail is carolina86g@live.com make sure you put about animal group as re. thank you