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Ian Somerhalder Speaks Out Against Cruelty To Sled Dogs

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We love Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder, and not just because he’s really nice to look at. The eco-celeb recorded a PSA after the devastating oil spill in the Gulf, has partnered with the Alliance for Global Conservation to protect the planet, and created the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) to call on the next generation to get involved with environmentalism.

Now his foundation is taking the next step and attempting to reform The Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act in British Columbia. The decision to campaign for the cause came after the recent discovery that 100 sled dogs were killed in British Columbia due to a slump in tourism…

“These animals were brutally murdered and the individuals responsible should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Period,” Somerhalder stated. “Government officials need to do everything in their power to make sure this sort of tragedy never happens again.”

To facilitate that power, ISF is teaming up with Change.org to create a petition, calling on British Columbia to regulate their laws and better protect animals.  “The laws must be changed to accommodate the fact that individuals who even consider this type of behavior understand that it’s an attack against life itself and will not be tolerated,” explained Somerhalder.

The petition specifically targets members and key stakeholders of Premier Gordon Campbell’s governmental Task Force, and more than 17,000 people have already signed the petition calling for reform.

If you want to join Somerhalder and his foundation in their mission to end animal cruelty in British Columbia, you can sign the petition here!

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