Hayden The Humanitarian

January 31, 2008 | By Shane Cisneros | Creative

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“Not only are these animals being cruelly slaughtered, the meat is contaminated by huge levels of mercury,” said Hayden Panettiere to a politically influential Washington D.C. crowd and The Washington Post’s Reliable Source column regarding her favorite pet cause (no pun intended), the explosion of whale hunting worldwide. Last fall, a viral video of Panettiere confronting Japanese fisherman lead to a warrant for her arrest near the town of Taiji but that is not stopping Hayden—a spokesperson for the Save the Whales Again!—from taking her message on the road to the embassies of Iceland, Norway and Japan. Do you think celebrities have a place in political activism? Discuss.

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