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Back in October last year, Look To The Stars reported on an online petition launched by Heroes actress Hayden Panettiere and The Whaleman Foundation to help her stop the slaughter of whales and dolphins around the world. The petition has almost reached its goal of 1 million signitures, and Panettiere has blogged about a new widget you can use to help.

“A few months ago I announced our goal of getting 1,000,000 signatures for our petition to stop all commercial and lethal scientific research whaling in time for the June 2009 meeting of the International Whaling Commission,” the actress wrote on her MySpace page yesterday. "So far, we’ve done great and gotten over 90,000 signatures but with just a couple of months left, we really need to take this to the next level to reach our goal.

“That’s why I’ve worked closely with SocialVibe to design a really cool widget that allows anyone, anywhere, to just grab this widget and put it on their MySpace or Blog. It makes it so simple for your friends and family to sign on to our petition right where they see it.

“I can’t express in words how much this means to me… Iceland recently announced it was upping its quota from 40 whales a year to 250 whales a year including 150 endangered Fin Whales and 100 Minke Whales. Now, it’s more important than ever that we reach our 1 million signature goal, and let the world know that this needless slaughter has to stop.

“Please, sign and paste my widget on your pages, in bulletins, blogs, etc. The more people we have getting this out there, the more signatures we will be getting on a daily basis.

“I am also working with SocialVibe on a new Facebook application that will allow everyone to gather signatures there as well and I will let you know when know that is ready.

“Thanks so much for your support and be on the lookout for more updates from me soon. We can do this! All we have to do is spread the word and together, we can Save The Whales Again.”

To get the widget or sign the petition, click here.

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