'Vampire Diaries' star testifies to save turtles
July 29th, 2011
02:46 PM ET

'Vampire Diaries' star testifies to save turtles

It looks like former "Lost" star Ian Somerhalder was influenced by all that time on the island.

The animal-loving "Vampire Diaries" actor left Hollywood for Capitol Hill on Thursday to testify before Congress on behalf of Leatherback turtles.

The actor was snapped scooting through Washington D.C.'s Reagan National Airport in a suit, clutching paperwork.

“Looking around the world at these wildlife, it’s abundantly clear that humans have benefited from nature in so many ways but have also brought many species to the brink of extinction,” the actor said during his speech to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources.

In addition to sharing about turtles, the actor also detailed statistics on apes, elephants, tigers and rhinoceroses.

Think Somerhalder was this passionate about the reptiles before "Zombie Kid Likes Turtles" went viral?

Read Somerhalder's full testimony on wildlife conservation, or watch him address congress.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. kristen

    Terah Hieber and Gavin Harwood are two homeschooling students joining together to organize a beach clean up, help save sea turtles, and raise money for a dream – 10 shares = 10 square feet of beach cleaned! We would appreciate your help getting the word out!
    See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/other/topsail-beach-clean-up/100599#sthash.wKzQyjqe.dpuf

    November 9, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |

    I love him.he is so charming!!

    October 23, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Paco

    Another attention craving hollywood idiot that sticks in their nose in where it doesnt belong. I hope he gets it cut off. He eats his own buttTurdles.

    September 30, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Karen

    Check out Ian's foundation - http://www.isfoundation.com. He's been an animal advocate/environmentalist for years.

    September 30, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ploy'Indy

    Wow It's amazing, I love him so much ><'
    He's my idol!!

    August 16, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. noni

    i think what Ian somerhalder is doing is so amazing helping these beautiful turtles and i give vampire diaries to vangs up cant wait for sept 15

    August 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Elyssa

    Alecia, sounds like your one of those people who don't care about our wildlife. Be happy that someone like him wants to help save these creatures so that our children and their children's children can enjoy them as well.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Angela

    This is a great thing that Ian Somerhalder is doing. He's not like the other celebrities who do this once, he does it a lot.

    August 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. alecia

    Is Somerhalder qualified to lobby for this cause? Its nice that Gollywood is so concerned but stick to what you know and let M other Nature do her job! Maybe its their time.

    July 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |

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