‘Vampire Diaries’: Ian Somerhalder hopes animals will help end bullying

He wants to help stop bullying

Bullies usually target people they think are weaker than them when looking for a victim and sometimes that can even include animals, but Ian Somerhalder thinks he might have found a way to have bullies work with animals in a way that will result in a benefit for both parties.

The ‘Vampire Diaries’ star is working on building an eco-friendly green sanctuary on a farm in Louisiana that will house animals that have behavioral issues.  His nonprofit organization, The Ian Somerhalder Foundation,

will then help to match up a bully with the animals with behavioral issues teaching the bully to have patience, respect and showing them what it’s like to deal with a bully.

Somerhalder spoke to E! News about his initiative and said that the idea behind the program is to teach a bully “collaboration and compassion.”  He said; “It’s all about collaboration and compassion. If you can empower someone who’s really young, who’s had a really tough go at it, to find compassion by using animals—because it’s so much easier than with people—then you have something. Now you’ve started to engage these kids and they’ll learn not to fight.  They really realize what a full life you can have if you just get rid of those demons that we all have.”

Somerhalder’s concept sounds like something that could really work, especially since it will be a real test of patience for these bullies to work with these animals and if they could learn about patience and how to have respect for the behavioral problem itself, then maybe they can find a way to respect their own behavioral problem and gain some much needed confidence.

If you want to find out more about The Ian Somerhalder Foundation make sure you check out the official site for more details.

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