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Hayden Panettiere: Japan is a Joke!

Hayden Panettiere: Japan is a Joke!


Actress and environmentalist Hayden Panettiere recently received a letter from the Japanese Government Fisheries Agency. Below is their letter and Hayden‘s response is below that:


While respecting Ms. Panettierre’s personal feelings towards dolphins and her commitment to travel to Taiji to make her protest, I hope that your viewers will be reassured by the fact that Japan is carefully managing marine living resources for the future. The government’s fisheries policies are based on scientific information and take into account the opinions of the public.


Takumi Fukuda
Fisheries Attache, Embassy of Japan
Washington, DC


Dear Mr. Fukuda,

Rest assured our viewers and the public at large is appalled by Japanese whaling and fisheries practices. Even within your own country, recent polls show that over 77% of the Japanese public is against whaling while only 11% support it.

To say that Japan is carefully managing marine living resources for the future is a joke. Recent scientific studies have shown that over 90% of the world’s large fish have been depleted by over-fishing and Japan’s own factory-fishing fleets are largely responsible for this, decimating one species after another. Just recently, Japan was found to be in violation of its quota on endangered blue fin tuna. I cannot find one example where Japan has carefully managed any marine species.

In regards to dolphins and whales, Japan’s blatant disregard for these species is unfathomable. Japan is cruelly and needlessly butchering over 20,000 dolphins and other small cetaceans every year. There is no humane way to kill a dolphin or whale and scientific research shows that dolphin and whale meat is unhealthy for human consumption. Your own Government studies show dolphin and whale meat can contain up to 10-16 times the healthful level of mercury and that elevated levels of mercury have been proven to cause birth defects, neural damage, and death. As a result, several Japanese supermarket chains have pulled dolphin and whale meat from their shelves due to the health risks. Despite this however, your fisheries agency continues to advocate for the needless killing of dolphins and whales.

In addition, your whaling fleet is now planning to kill over 1,000 whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary including endangered fin and humpback whales. There is nothing scientific about this slaughter. All the data being collected can be and is being collected through non-lethal means by bona-fide scientists, not bogus scientists like yours.

Recently, a representative for Japan’s fisheries agency said:

“Whales are just as important, and no more special, than any other fish,” says Japan Fisheries Agency spokesperson Hideki Moronuki, maintaining Japan’s long-held position that marine mammals should get no special treatment for being warm-blooded.

Your scientists can’t even tell the difference between a marine mammal and a fish. Do you realize how ignorant Japan looks to the rest of the world? Please be advised that we are telling all consumers to not purchase any Japanese made products until Japan stops killing dolphins and whales and we will be vigilant in this regard. We are determined to end Japan’s brutally cruel and needless slaughter of dolphins and whales and I will do everything within my power to ensure this.


Hayden Panettiere
Save the Whales Again! Campaign


Hayden will be speaking to Washington DC this weekend about her heart for the Save the Whales Again! Campaign. And on Thursday, the 18-year-old Heroes hottie will be announcing the Golden Globe nominations in Los Angeles.

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163 Responses to “Hayden Panettiere: Japan is a Joke!”

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  1. 1
    jerem Says:

    aw I like her now.

  2. 2
    blue Says:

    she annoys me.

  3. 3
    Christine Says:

    I love what she’s doing.

  4. 4
    Rachel Says:


  5. 5
    Micas Says:

    Fantastically said. I love her.

  6. 6
    reba Says:

    I’m sure the Japan economy will crumble to it’s knees now that she’s calling for a boycott…

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    bECKER Says:

    Geez can she sound less mean and poorly raised? Japan is a sovereign country and am sure America has beetter people than an 18 year old immature whop replies a letter like sh eis throwing a tantrum. What i shappening to America?

  8. 8
    daniel Says:

    i also like her now … i don’t know if all this is for publicity but at least she’s doing something for the world to know better about this crime

  9. 9
    dew Says:

    I agree, I wasn’t aware this stuff was still going on until the publicity she had from the protest. I can’t believe Japan is still doing this, it is repugnant. There doesn’t seem to be any real reason for it except some sick tradition or something.

  10. 10
    D Says:

    Hayden was NOT professional about her response. She’s acting like a little brat.

  11. 11
    tm Says:

    I Think Shes Cool And All But Someone Should Tell Her Overexposure Isnt A Good Thing

  12. 12
    Flisbeth Says:

    good for her…no matter the cause, it is just nice to see a “young Hollywood hottie” show that, that term doesn’t need equal indifference to the world!

  13. 13
    the_original_nika Says:

    even though I don´t like her, I admire what shes doing.

  14. 14
    Ha! Says:

    Do you really think she wrote this letter herself? GMAB

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    kawaii630 Says:

    I applaud her for making effort to save the Dolphins and whales. I hope she succeeds on what she’s trying to accomplish. I’m not a fan of her but I admire people who makes an effort for the good of the others.

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    vic Says:

    thanks for supporting the whales and fishes but hello!~ america is looking damn ignorant and hypocritical. we kill billions of chickens and cows each year, contributing to a plethora of consequences on peoples healths and the environment. the “blatant disregard for the animals is unfathomable” to other countries too… so seriously hayden. take a look in the mirror before you preach and spit your hate

    are you even a vegetarian? lol

  17. 17
    Cindy Says:

    Nice effort but I wonder how much her assistant gets paid to write her letters for her???

    Any takers…?

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    Notbusy Says:

    Enough of this media *** She can’t fool me into thinking people are really interested in her. Her PR team is working overtime.

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    angel hair Says:

    in a way i admire her activism, but my affinity for her is extremely limited. i agree with becker up there.
    and honestly, america doesn’t need any more help to promote the image of presumptuous arrogance overseas.

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    suzy Says:

    she so did not write that herself.

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    aka girl Says:

    the japanese are not killing the whales for leisure they kill the whales to eat their meat. its the same thing we do in this country with cows and chickens. all animals are important and though i admire her 4 taking a stance on an issue she is being hypocritical seeing as how she is not a vegetarian. it is hayden who looks ignorant and not japan

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    lol Says:

    I’m sure she really wrote that letter-how stupid.

    And no one wants to hear an 18 y ear old act like a know-it-all, even if that 18 year old has a “ghost writer.”

  23. 23
    lizaloo Says:

    um, hayden honey, America is looking really ignorant to the rest of the world, and having a girl who plays a superhero cheerleader trying to “educate” the Japanese only makes us look more ignorant and stupid.

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    Desertfox Says:

    Good for her!

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    you go girl!!! Says:

    some people amaze me, you have a famous teenager who is trying to do something good and people critisize her, but if she decided to go out partying and not care about stuff like this what would you say then???? Leave the girl alone, I have major respect for her!!!

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