"Save the cheerleader, save the world" may have been the mantra for the first season of Heroes, but the mantra for said cheerleader is "Save the dolphins, save the whales."
Late last month, Heroes' Hayden Panettiere joined in on rescue efforts to save dolphins from being slaughtered by fisherman in Japan. With other animal enthusiasts, the 18-year-old actress paddled out into the ocean on a surfboard to try and disrupt a dolphin massacre. Though they gave their best efforts, it is believed that the hunt went on as planned.
Now, it appears that she isn't welcome back to the island country. The actress told E! that the Japanese police have issued a warrant for her arrest for her dolphin-loving actions. Her actions garnered a lot of press, but it's highly unlikely that any serious consequence will come of them.
"I guess [the Japanese police] could come here and get us, but probably not," she said. She seemed unfazed by the legal issue, though. "I'd do it again...might do it again."
In other Heroes news, Japanese actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa has been accused of domestic assault against his girlfriend in Hawaii, reports The Honolulu Advertiser. Tagawa recently played The Swordsmith in Heroes, appearing in Hiro Nakamura's feudal Japan storyline. He has also appeared in the films Memoirs of a Geisha and Pearl Harbor.
Heroes airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. on NBC. For more information on the show, read TV.com's previous coverage.