Ian Somerhalder is always using his reach on social media to promote environmental and animal rights issues. This time, he’s tackling the use of animals in scientific research.
“The Vampire Diaries” star instagramed a video of a protest against Delta Airlines, a partner of Air France, which still flies animals like dogs and primates to take them to labs where they’ll be used as test subjects. They are put in the cargo holds in wooden crates and proceed to labs where they are legally tortured during tests.
“Wow. This is a bummer… Do we really need to test on animals still? We can send missions to mars yet we still test on animals-guess what? It’s NOT NECESSARY!!!!,” wrote the 35-year-old whose non profit organization is raising funds to open an animal sanctuary for abused animals. “We know this like we know the earth is round… Primates should be in trees. Not in labs.”
The video, which doesn’t show Somerhalder himself on camera, features a number of protesters holding up signs with messages like “Boycott Delta and Air France” and “Air France Stop Shipping Primates To Their Death.”
Somerhalder is not the only one standing against animal testing. Fellow animal lover Ricky Gervais also showed his disgust for the practice last week by pushing for a ban in Australia. Thanks, guys!