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Heroes star Hayden Panettiere has blogged about her conservation work with whales and dolphins.

“Anyone who knows me knows how much I love animals, and how passionate I am about protecting them,” she wrote on www.takepart.com. "When Jeff Pantukhoff, President & Founder of The Whaleman Foundation, approached me about being their spokesperson 5 years ago, I jumped at the opportunity.

“The Whaleman Foundation is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to raise public awareness on the issues that affect cetaceans (dolphins, whales & porpoises) and their ocean habitats. When I heard about the plight of the dolphins and whales and the work that Jeff was doing, getting involved was a no-brainer for me.

“I have learned so much since becoming a part of the Foundation’s efforts, and have worked with him exclusively ever since.”

The actress goes on to write about her 2007 trip to Japan with Isabel Lucas in which they protested against the slaughter of dolphins.

“During our peaceful ceremony, the Japanese fisherman, unprovoked, became violent and physically aggressive towards us. After being hit with large poles and threatened with spinning boat propellers, which came inches from us, we held our ground. The resulting media attention generated by the incident was massive, and the support from people around the world has been incredible.

“I am aware this fight will not end overnight, but I am committed to seeing this battle through until the very end. There are many things you can do to help me protect the whales and dolphins but one of the best ways you can help us end their needless and cruel slaughter is to sign our petition on SocialVibe.com and while you’re there, please sign up to support The Whaleman Foundation. With your help, we can save these beautiful and intelligent creatures!”

To read the full blog, click here.

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