Hayden Panettiere by Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com Hayden Panettiere by Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com

For her efforts to stop the slaughter of dolphins in Japan ( see related news story), teen queen Hayden Panettiere has been given a Compassion in Action award by peta2, the world's largest youth animal-rights organization. The Heroes actress and five surfers recently paddled into the sea to try to save some of the gentle mammals from boathook-wielding anglers. To no avail, unfortunately, but at least her involvement brought some attention to the animals' plight. - Ben Katner