Though his Vampire Diaries fanfiction is usually — how shall we say this — risqué, Matt Davis (Alaric Saltzman) recently decided to use his talents for a good cause.
Matt’s been tweeting up a storm about endangered rhino species. According to The World Wildlife Fund, the horned mammals face threats from habitat loss as well as poachers. Their site says that though trading rhino horns has been banned internationally, poachers still sell them on the black market, especially in Vietnam, “where there is a newly emerged belief that rhino horn cures cancer. Rhino horn is also used in other traditional Asian medicine to treat a variety of ailments including fever and various blood disorders. It is also used by wealthy Asian as a cure for hangovers.”
The Cult star was recently inspired to spread the word about the endangered and vulnerable rhinos through his fanfiction, starring Stefan (Paul Wesley), Elena (Nina Dobrev), and Damon (Ian Somerhalder). The former Ripper sits on the couch, in tears, after watching a special on the National Geographic Channel. Here’s a taste:
Stefan: People believe that ground up Rhino horn taken in pill form gives them sexual power.
Elena: Really? Do you think it works?
Stefan: That’s not the point, Elena! The point is these beautiful, majestic animals are being poached into extinction over voodoo Viagra! Superstitious supplements!
Elena comes off a bit judgey, but, hey. It’s for a good cause.
Check out Matt’s fanfic here, and read more on endangered rhinos here.
Sources: Matt Davis's Tumblr, The World Wildlife Fund