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Ian Somerhalder speaks for animal rights in D.C.

"The Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder headed to Capitol Hill Tuesday where he gave a speech urging Congress to end the commercial trade of ivory and the poaching of innocent elephants.

Somerhalder, who is a staunch animal rights advocate and environmentalist, was recently named a goodwill ambassador for Go Green, the United Nations' environmental program. Hours before his big appearance, the star took to Twitter to let his fans know that he had arrived in D.C. and thanked them for their continued support.

The 35-year-old actor is happy to use his popularity to bring attention to causes that matter to him, and he encourages everyone to start taking small steps and do something for the greater good. "You don't have to be famous to help make a difference," he said.

Bow Wow's new name

First he dropped the "Lil" from his name in 2002. Now Bow Wow is dropping his stage name altogether. The rapper, 27, posted a video on his Instagram page Sunday announcing that he wants to be called by his birth name, Shad Moss. In the caption for the video he explained that "Bow Wow does not fit who I am today. I'm a father, businessman, TV host, actor, and rapper! Time for Mr. Moss to take over!"

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