Ian Somerhalder wants to end bullying with the help of some furry friends

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Vampire Diaries Star Ian Somerhalder shows great compassion for both humans and animals with his new plan to help with behavioral issues. He wants to put an end to bullying with the help of some furry friends.

Somerhalder is just one of the recent celebrities speaking out against bullying, but he is also looking to make the world better for animals at the same time. He has an interesting plan in getting those bullies to work out their issues, and hopes that both the bullies and animals will benefit.

Kind-hearted Somerhalder is buying a farm in Louisiana and building an eco-friendly sanctuary for animals with behavioral issues. He plans to establish a program to help bullies work through their problems by caring for the animals.

Somerhalder spoke to E! News' Marc Malkin, where he explained the importance of teaching bullies the power of compassion, and how he plans to do so by involving animals. "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,” he said.

Somerhalder has the right idea -- animals are loving creatures and bring out the best in everyone. But not only will humans benefit from the experience, since the animals will be cared for and also taught love and acceptance. It's a win-win!

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Minnesota Alexandra is a lover of all animals, but has a soft spot for especially dogs and rabbits. She believes that life is not complete without an animal to love. Alexandra is highly passionate about animals and animal rights, and wants to raise awareness of the cruelty that many animals suffer in the best way she knows how, and this is by written word. Alexandra is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, with a degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing. She absolutely loves to write news and creative nonfiction, and obsesses over spelling and grammar.

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