Hayden Panettiere loves Japanese dolphins, not Italian baby cows

Would Hayden Panettiere feel differently about killing dolphins if she could make a purse out of the skin of their babies? She’s a hypocrite.

Actress Hayden Panettiere, from the NBC superhero show Heroes, is currently in the Japanese village of Taiji protesting against the village’s annual dolphin hunt. Hayden Panettiere loves dolphins. She believes that it’s wrong to hunt them and to eat them.

She evidently doesn’t feel the same warm fuzzy feelings for other mammals.  When she’s not playing a character on TV or protesting against the hunting of dolphins, she’s designing expensive purses made from the skin of baby cows.

Hayden Panettiere is seen in the above phone holding one of her purse creations.  It’s made from Italian calfskin and it retails for around $300.

She knows that Italian calfskin comes from baby cows, right? To get the skin from a calf, the calf has to be killed. They don’t shed their skin like a snake. These calves, these baby cows, are killed for their meat and their skin.  By designing a purse that is made from calfskin, Hayden Panettiere is responsible for the killing of adorable baby cows. Not only is she directly responsible for the death of baby cows, she’s actually profiting from it.

Would Hayden Panettiere feel differently about killing dolphins if she could make a purse out of their babies?

Hayden Panettiere is a hypocrite.

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56 thoughts on “Hayden Panettiere loves Japanese dolphins, not Italian baby cows”

  1. Maybe you just have to know how to prepare it. That’s what people tell me when I say that venison tastes nasty. That you just have to know how to prepare it.

  2. I see no hypocrisy. Scientists will tell you that dolphins are at least as intelligent as humans, and they are not a staple of the western diet. Cows, on the other hand, are the definition of near-brainless, and have been a major part of the diet of most cultures. They are completely different animals in completely different situations, and having completely different feelings about them is not hypocrisy.

    1. Jeffrey: I see no hypocrisy.Scientists will tell you that dolphins are at least as intelligent as humans, and they are not a staple of the western diet.

      If dolphins are at least as intelligent as humans, then why is it somehow OK to keep them captive in amusement parks for the entertainment of humans? You can’t have it both ways. And just because cows are a staple of western diet does not make it somehow morally right compared to the people in Taiji eating dolphin.

      1. Rick:
        If dolphins are at least as intelligent as humans, then why is it somehow OK to keep them captive in amusement parks for the entertainment of humans? You can’t have it both ways.And just because cows are a staple of western diet does not make it somehow morally right compared to the people in Taiji eating dolphin.

        Does she frequent amusement parks known for their dolphin shows? Or does she simply not protest those as vociferously because they don’t involve people using machetes to chop the dolphins out of nets? I have no real problem with the idea of dolphins as a food source. Then again, I also don’t get upset at the idea of someone eating dog or cat. The question of morality, however, takes you towards the philosophical conundrum of what makes someone a person (as opposed to human). If you are simply going for physical features, there are plenty of disabled human beings who would no longer qualify as people. If you are going for aspects of intelligence, personality and self-awareness, dolphins are going to be far more qualified for person status than cows (very stupid), or even pigs (much smarter than cows, but certainly no more intelligent than dogs).

        At no point did I mean to imply that Ms. Panettiere is correct in her assertions, I simply did not feel that designing calf skin handbags is enough to brand her hypocrite. She may not be as consistent as one would like (thank you, Cathy), but I do not think she has gone far enough to be hypocritical.

        1. Btw pigs are more intelligent than dogs, it’s a fact and not my opinion, and dolphins are far more intelligent than many human beings, they live in societies and call each other by names, it’s a fact too. Now back to calves and cows, they may not be as intelligent as pigs or dolphins but there is not a good enough reason to torture a baby cow without even let it grow up in a pasture. Oh well, I forgot that in the US most of the cows just like pigs grow in little cages where they can’t even turn around and they are fed antibiotics all the time so that they don’t get sick from overcrowding, so that the price of meat can be as low as possible yet the profit will be enormous… And yes, Ms.Panettiere is a hypocrite, she only cares about money, but on the other hand the majority of human beings are like that….

        2. I would like to address something- pigs are actually extremely intelligent creatures. In fact in numerous studies, they outperform dogs in terms of IQ. So much so that they do not (in normal circumstances) poop and eat in the same area. Humans assume they aren’t intelligent because they have been raised to believe it. They seem dirty and dumb because they must roll in mud to keep cool. Pretty sure dogs dogs don’t care and poop and play in the same spot. Heck, I’m pretty sure they eat their own poop. Yes, she is a hypocrite. You can’t, in my eyes, be an animal activist and kill animals just because it is status quo. That may not be politically correct but if you care about animals, stop eating them and contributing to the abusive industry. And if you do not agree with that, fine. At the very least do not profit from killing the animal years before it would dir naturally. She is part of the problem, not the solution as she seems to think she is.

    2. Jeffrey: I see no hypocrisy.Scientists will tell you that dolphins are at least as intelligent as humans, and they are not a staple of the western diet.

      Therefore, we should be able to eat retards. Especially Asian ones.

  3. Further, I can guarantee you that those calves were not killed specifically to be made into leather goods. They were killed specifically to be veal. Making purses out of them is merely putting to use things that would otherwise be waste material.

  4. Cows may be a staple of the western diet but, to my admittedly limited fashion sense, need NOT be a staple of overpriced, unnecessary, frou-frou HANDBAGS. I would also wonder how many CALVES are killed for food, as opposed to how many are killed so someone can tote their hide around (and hopefully it matches their shoes).

    If you’re going to start justifying the killing of animals based on their intelligence, or reputed lack thereof, what about pigs? I’ve always heard they’re pretty high up there on the animal IQ scale, but we sure do love us some bacon! Doesn’t sound like a sound basis for comparison.

  5. I see that you added another comment while I was composing my first one. I will agree that most likely the calves are not killed simply for their hides, but knowing how veal is produced doesn’t make much of a great justification for veal OR handbags.

    I think Miss Panettiere, if not hypocritical, is at the very least highly inconsistent, and gives the appearance of being a champion of the dolphin because it IS an intelligent, lovable animal, gets good press, and makes her appear compassionate to our animal friends. Most animal rights activists champion the cause of ALL animals, regardless of intelligence. Also, most of them are vegetarians/vegans and buy/use non-animal-based products. Why, I have a nice pair of vegan shoes myself!

  6. She’s a hypocrite in the sense that she is traveling thousands of miles to tell people she does not know, who have a culture she does not understand, how they should live their lives and what animals they can eat. At the same time, she is helping to perpetuate the act of slaughtering baby cows for their meat and their skin.

    And don’t kid yourself that baby cows would still be slaughtered for their meat even if the skin wasn’t used. The fact that both the meat and the skin can be turned into products that can be sold makes the barbaric practice much more economical, thus, much more possible to do.

  7. the difference is that cows are food. They are bred for that purpose. nobody is going into the woods and killing wild baby cows, they’re produced so that we can use them for food and other products.

  8. I guess I just don’t understand how you can keep cats imprisoned, justifying your unnatural cruelty as some form of “pet” relationship, suggesting you “own” these creatures.

    1. anon: I guess I just don’t understand how you can keep cats imprisoned, justifying your unnatural cruelty as some form of “pet” relationship, suggesting you “own” these creatures.

      What are you talking about? I’m not the one going around the world telling folks what animals they can and cannot kill. Hayden Panettiere is.

      1. Rick:
        What are you talking about?I’m not the one going around the world telling folks what animals they can and cannot kill. Hayden Panettiere is.

        You apparently have taken the position that she has to become an ovo-lacto-vegan petafile or face your charges of hypocrisy. That she can’t advocate for the non-killing of an almost sentient (or perhaps sentient) lifeform unless she avoids all animal products from any animal, regardless of other factors.

        If I have that right, then yes, you are going around the world (blogwise) telling folks what animals they can and cannot advocate for.

        At the same time you imprison cats and treat them disrespectfully.

        Since you are aware of this, and believe that Hayden’s acts make her a hypocrite, I can only conclude that you too are a hypocrite, and possibly a worse one, since you should be self-reflective about your own acts of cruelty.

        HTH

  9. True, she is only 20 and she may not be Mensa material, but if she wants a continuing career in the spotlight (and I’m making a wild assumption here), then perhaps her parents/manager/older friends could make some suggestions as to the causes she aligns herself with.

    Of course, and sadly so, many celebrities do inconsistent, hypocritical, illegal, and just plain stupid things all the time, and their spotlight only seems to get brighter. Hmmm, now there’s a discussion topic for a cold, rainy day!

  10. Linda,

    Vegans and Vegetarians generally aren’t very smart either.

    For example, how can the blog author say what type of leather that her purses are made from? The given links don’t indicate in any way.

    1. Eric: how can the blog author say what type of leather that her purses are made from?

      Because a Japanese dolphin told me. Everyone knows they’re super scary smart.

    2. Well, then I could say the same generalization about omnivores, based on your comment and flawed logic, no? I mean, you’re assuming the author is vegan, but if you’d read his “About Me”, you’d know that he eats mayo and drinks Guinness, neither of which are vegan. You might want to brush up on both veganism and why it’s not usually a good idea to make generalizations.

  11. Look. All animals are not created equal. You know this. You’re being a douche. Michael Vick got thrown into jail by a judge who had a ham sandwich for lunch. The penguin guy at the zoo eats fried chicken. The animal cruelty investigators wear leather belts.

    Hypocrisy is the act of persistently pretending to hold beliefs, opinions, virtues, feelings, qualities, or standards that one does not actually hold. Her belief is, dolphins should be protected. Has nothing do do with dogs.

    I could care less about her. But I don’t like people like you.

  12. Rick, no one in Taiji (except for the fishermen who are less than fifty) eat dolphin meat. Why, because everyone there knows its full of extremely high levels of mercury. Its soooo bad that when they sell the meat they often mislabel it as whale meat. Go to Japan and ask people if they have ever eaten dolphin meat and you wont find anyone. Its all part of a very small group of people in a very small town who are making lots of money off of selling live female dolphins for +$150,000 and then selling the unwanted ones dead for $600. Its all kept secret from the people of Japan by the government. It is not part of a countries culture when no one does it.

  13. A baby cow is not the same thing as a dolphin. Dolphins are smart. Cows aren’t. Cows are delicious. Dolphins aren’t. See where I’m going with this?

    I don’t care if people kill cows.

  14. Yes, it exactly the same thing! Cows being an ENDANGERED SPECIES and all.
    (Hates dumbass bloggers).

    1. SomeFarker: Yes, it exactly the same thing! Cows being an ENDANGERED SPECIES and all. (Hates dumbass bloggers).

      Hate to break it to you sport, but dolphins aren’t endangered.

  15. I don’t own “pets” — I think it is cruel to keep them locked up for life, where they can get no other companionship from creatures of their own kind, and where their sexuality is usually suppressed or punished or given little chance to express itself. I believe it is immoral and unethical to ask others to forcefully breed creatures to take their offspring and to give them to me.

    Please leave. The mere presence of a being like yourself is intensely painful.

  16. Author is an idiot.

    There’s a difference between cows and dolphins that you apparently don’t know anything about; There’s evidence that dolphins are self-aware. Sentient. They can recognize themselves (non-sentient animals do not; They just see another animal). There’s evidence that they have spindle cells, which are only shared by humans, higher primates, and some whales. Spindle cells are the parts of the brain that make us capable of having higher emotions, self-awareness, and what we consider sentience.

    They are a different species, and the standard of intelligence for a sea-dwelling mammal is entirely different from that of a bipedal land-dweller like us. However, you can’t consider the slaughter of cows to be anywhere *near* the same level of barbarism as the slaughter of dolphins or whales.

    If she’s against the slaughter of gorillas, then she’s on the same moral ground. BUt cows? They’re lower animals with no sense of self-awareness. They’re not sentient, while science is leaning toward the probability that dolphins ARE.

    1. ZC: However, you can’t consider the slaughter of cows to be anywhere *near* the same level of barbarism as the slaughter of dolphins or whales.

      Forcing a veal calf to live it’s short life in a small crate so small that it cannot move for the 12 to 24 weeks that it is allowed to live IMHO is more barbaric than killing dolphins.

  17. People don’t give a shit about animals they don’t perceive as worthy, Rick. That’s life, people walk around with their heads up their asses comforted by their own personal beliefs of right and wrong.

  18. Honestly there is no way you’ll all agree anyway. Rick, people don’t agree with you, get over it.

    Personally i don’t care one iota about killing cows or killing dolphins. I also would eat either one of them. That still doesn’t make Hayden Panettiere a hypocrite.

    Were she making purses out of dolphin skin that was harvested from the wild, and then protesting she’d be a hypocrite.

    1. Ward: That still doesn’t make Hayden Panettiere a hypocrite.Were she making purses out of dolphin skin that was harvested from the wild, and then protesting she’d be a hypocrite.

      She is a hypocrite in the sense that she claims that she is a against animal cruelty when it comes to dolphins, but not when it comes to veal calves. It’s pretty obvious from reading some of the comments here (and on Fark) that most people have no idea what goes on in the veal industry. It’s truly horrifying.

  19. Wasted meat, why do we bury humans when all that good meat could be made into something usefull, I also know plenty of people with tattoo’s that could be made into sadle bags or lamp shades. I know the taste may be strange to some but I ate sushi for the first time and found it to be (who am I kidding I hated it) but my friends love it.

    Taboo
    What we find taboo in todays society and we mark as “truth” changes with each generation. we, especially myself need to get over ourselves, WE are in this generation of Globalization and WE need to embrace all aspects of others heritage and culture with one caveat, do no harm to other Homo sapiens.

  20. I took my first business loans when I was 25 and that aided my business very much. However, I need the sba loan once more time.

  21. @aelfheld: Yes, that’s true. The ironic thing is that dolphin young are also called calves. You’d think it would dawn on her that she was speaking out against cruelty to one species of mammals, but was profiting from the cruelty towards another.

  22. You are making a logical error along the lines of “one to many”. Since she opposes one animal being eaten she should oppose them all or she’s somehow hypocritical?
    I don’t think so. But then I also think PETA is a PITA and a hypocrite.

    As they say, no good deed will go unpunished. She DID something, maybe to help out the dolphins, maybe not. Her action is a far cry better then your reaction.

    And you are insulting one of the hottest girls out there, which it absolutely not permitted in our day and age. Shame on you. But you provided a cute picture so I’m going to let it slide. Please provide another one to show your repentance.

    1. Rob: You are making a logical error along the lines of “one to many”.Since she opposes one animal being eaten she should oppose them all or she’s somehow hypocritical?

      No, no, no. She is protesting against the Japanese dolphin hunt supposedly because of the level of cruelty involved even though she has directly profited from the cruel treatment of veil calves.

      Hacking at a dolphin with a club or a machete is cruel. Taking a new born calf, putting it in a small create so that it cannot move, and then putting it in a dark room for 12 to 24 weeks before it is slaughtered is also cruel. In fact, IMHO, the level of cruelty of the veil calf industry far exceeds what the Japanese villagers are doing.

  23. If you wanted to advocate against the consumption of veal, most everyone here would have applauded you.

    But you couldn’t do that.

    You had to make it a zero sum, win/lose game, and pick on someone you don’t know, but want to feel superior to, and you did that with a fairly lame argument.

    So people came by to tell you to go fuck yourself.

    I don’t think you’re going to have helped any young calves with this post. I think you blew it if that was your goal.

  24. Man, you post about politics or how fucked up religious groups and you might get a few comments. But write a post about some dump model and dolphins, you’re asking for it.

  25. Great article! Hypocrites like Panettiere are very emotionally attached to dolphins because they’ve been taught that cetaceans are as intelligent as humans and are “sentient beings”, not to mention “cute” or “magestic”.
    The truth however is that there is no scientific proof which indicates that dolphins and whales are anywhere near as smart as humans. Pigs are known to be one of the most intelligent known mammals and are far more biologically similar to humans than dolphins, and yet we slaughter them by the millions without remorse. The intelligence argument just doesn’t make any sense.

    The point is, these hypocrites have no right to tell other people what meat is right to eat and what isn’t. Pushing one’s culture on another is just wrong.

  26. Jeffrey, you justify the killing of cows because cows are nearly brainless. Do you feel the same about dogs?

  27. This shit is funny. So what? Hayden likes Dolphins and less about cows, bit deal. Cows are ugly. She’s young and rich and the young and rich only care about things that are aesthetically pleasing…they don’t give a damn about real issues. Guess what vegans…show her how one of those cute calves, which donate their skins for those purses, are slaughtered and then do that for everything else you don’t agree with until you have another mindless animal rights activist who, in the end, really just thinks animals are toooo damn cute to kill and use.

  28. @Jeffrey – actually cows (and calves) are specifically reared for a purpose – meat, dairy or leather. And no, one cow is not used for both food and leather.

    Cows reared for leather, for example, are dehydrated for two weeks’ prior to their executions. They are not given liquids and when they fall unconscious, they are electrocuted. It apparently makes good leather. These cows will not be used for meat or dairy and vice versa.

    Also, cows aren’t unintelligent. There’s a lot of scientific research into how cows express their emotions throughout the factory farming process, are aware of their impending slaughter and try to warn each other.

    Hayden is a hypocrite. And you’re ill-informed. Let’s eat you and turn her into a purse.

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