somerhalder getty tvd 'The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder: Damon and Stefan are on the outs! Plus, how you can help his foundation's latest causeWe have to admit, we were a little bit surprised when the relatively unknown Joseph Morgan was cast as “The Vampire Diaries'” most formidable villain to date, Klaus. We had expected some big-name casting, as it’ll take someone with serious skill to top current baddies Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Katherine (Nina Dobrev), and Elijah (Daniel Gillies).

At Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Males Awards event, Somerhalder assured fans that Morgan is as villainous as they come — and they haven’t even officially worked together yet. “I’ve only seen him in his wardrobe tests walking up and down the hall,” he tells MTV. “He’s a magnificent guy and I know his abiliites are way up there. I think [on set] everyone’s on their toes now, more. He’s a badass.”

He also shared some juicy spoilers about the Salvatore brothers: while Damon and Stefan (Paul Wesley) work together to conquer Klaus, they’re going to slowly start to turn against each other again.

“Damon and Stefan are battling some really cool supernatural forces, but Damon and Stefan are also starting to butt heads again and bicker again,” Somerhalder says. “That’s what i think is a lot of fun about the show –as much as I love Paul Wesley and we’re bros off-screen, it’s great when we’re battling on-screen.”

We don’t care if they’re buddies or enemies, we just love any scene that Damon and Stefan have together! The show returns to The CW on April 7 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Off-screen, Somerhalder has been busy devoting his energy to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which you can read more about here if you’re unfamiliar with his efforts. The foundation’s current cause is a petition for change in British Columbia, Canada, where an unthinkable act of cruelty just came to light.

“A story broke about 100 sled dogs that were brutally murdered,” Somerhalder tells E!.

Howling Dogs Tours, a dogsledding company in Whistler, collected a pack of 300 sled dogs to accommodate the spike in business during the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. When the tourists left town, though, business dropped, and the company found themselves with too many canines on hand.

“They wanted to get rid of some of them, so they just shot them, killed them,” he explains. Perhaps the most horrendous part of the story is that the manager of the company tried to contact the British Columbia SPCA on multiple occasions for help before resorting to slaughter, and the SPCA didn’t take action.

Somerhalder says firmly and confidently, “That is never going to happen again. We’ve started petitions and rallying the government in British Columbia to change laws and empower people, youth, adults to be fearless and fight for that.”

Want to join in the fight? Make sure to electronically sign the Ian Somerhalder Foundation’s petition here. The petition demands changes to the BC Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act — asking British Columbia to adopt a “rescue and save” plan as opposed to a “seize and kill” policy.

Somerhalder has rallied nearly 19,000 fans and concerned citizens to sign the petition. The case will be heard on March 25, so it’s important to get as many voices heard before that date. If the idea of 100 slaughtered animals disturbs you — as it should — make sure your name is on that petition so that you can join the call for change.

Posted by:Carina MacKenzie