“The Vampire Diaries” star Ian Somerhalder recently spoke to the Huffington Post about animal rights and how youth can generate social change. In the interview, he succinctly lists ways we can all participate in improving animal welfare.
Says Somerhalder, “Animal cruelty is one of the most unfortunate and barbaric demonstrations of human beings manipulating ill conceived notions of ‘power’ over other species. There is a lot we can do to fight this. We need to support companies that we know do NOT test on animals, work with local shelters and rescues who aid many of our abused, neglected and abandoned creatures, refuse to support factory farms, fight for anti-cruelty laws on all levels of government, and even keep a watchful eye on our neighborhoods looking for reportable signs of animal cruelty. A lot of influence can be made too by setting a good example of what reverence for life should look like.”
He also makes the point that youth is an overlooked engine of social change saying, “Our youth does’t need as much motivation as we tend to believe. That’s not the missing element. Our youth are the most undervalued and underutilized resource that we can possibly imagine. They are fully stocked with passion far beyond what we tend to recognize.”
The Ian Somerhalder Foundation helps youth become change makers. You can support or volunteer with the Ian Somerhalder Foundation here.
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