Heroes star Hayden Panettiere was an Animal Fair cover girl only two issues ago, but she continues to make headlines for her pristine care and driving fight for animal causes, helping dolphins make our list as Animal Headliners of 2007. This fall she joined an anti-whaling group called Sea Shepherd to peacefully protest the slaughtering of pilot whales (who are in the dolphin family) in Japan.
“It was painful. It was something that you just look at it and say, ‘Who could do something to an animal like that?'” Panettiere said. The group met the fisherman in the water on surfboards, where they were killing the mammals trapped in nets, but the protesters were pushed away with the boat’s propeller and attacked by boat hooks. Panettiere, who is a spokesperson for SaveTheWhalesAgain.org, was floored by the experience and shed tears of utter sorrow. She just “hopes her traumatic ordeal will help raise awareness” reports Access Hollywood. Just recently, Panettiere became aware of a warrant out for her arrest in Japan, but it won’t stop this ambitious actress-activist. “I’d do it again … very possibly, might do it again.”