Hayden Panettiere Is on a Boat – for Dolphins
08/19/2011 AT 04:30 PM EDT
At 17, the actress protested the slaughter of dolphins in Japan in the award-winning documentary The Cove. Now 22, she is an international spokesperson for the Whaleman Foundation, an organization that aims to protect cetaceans and their habitats. Condé Nast Traveler acknowledges Panettiere in its latest issue, citing her "will of steel."
"I'm an activist who's aware of what's realistic to achieve and what's not," she says of her work. "I wouldn't waste my time going straight for the jugular."
Panettiere continues speaking out on behalf of whales and dolphins and can next be seen swimming with dolphins in an upcoming documentary.