Hayden Panettiere Attacked By A Boat Hook
Hayden Panettiere was one of a small group of around 30 Australian and American surfers who recently attempted to strike against a Japanese dolphin slaughterhouse in the Japanese town of Tiji.
She and the other "Heroes" paddled their surfboards into the fishing grounds, where they were confronted by angry Japanese fisherman, who allegedly used boat propellers and hooks against them until they were forced to turn back. The group were attempting to rescue a group of penned dolphins who were waiting to be slaughtered by the fisherman.
Hayden was later shown to be in tears as she recounted the group's failure to penetrate the pen and release the doomed sea mammals. "It was really frightening. Some of us were hit by the boathook," she is recorded by Sky News as saying. "But in the end all we really worried about was the dolphins."
Hayden was particularly moved by the behaviour of a baby dolphin, which Hayden had seen "skyhopping" (lifted its head out of the water and looking at) the group. "The thought that it's no longer with us is really hard to take" she said, before beginning to cry.
The Japanese town of Tiji is known to slaughter around 23,000 porpoises and dolphins every year.