“Our youth are the most undervalued and underutilized resource that we can possibly imagine.”

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Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder—also known as Boone to all the Lost fans out there!—is making a run at being crowned peta2′s favorite person, like, ever. Through his commitment to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, he works to raise awareness of issues threatening animals and the environment.

In a recent question-and-answer session originally posted on Quora, Ian spoke passionately about ways to fight cruelty to animals and why the world’s youth is primed and ready to take on the challenge!

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.

When asked about how to motivate young people to take action, Ian answered with something that peta2 has known for years:

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.

I couldn’t agree more! peta2 is possible because of YOU. The actions of peta2 members and hundreds of thousands of supporters have directly resulted in animals being saved from fur farms, testing facilities, roadside zoos, classroom dissections, and the list goes on and on. If you’re ready to get loud for animals, join the peta2 today!

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