Ricky Gervais woke up to the news this morning that Stan, a bear he sponsored, passed away.
Gervais, an active voice in the animal rights movement, was a supporter of Animals Asia and Moon Bears. Stan had been rescued from a farm in Vietnam.
The comedian tweeted this morning, “Woke up to the news that my beautiful rescue bear Stan has died. At least he experienced 2 years of freedom and love.”
After receiving words of sympathy from fans, he wrote, “All your kind messages made my cry. Thank you Rip Stan the bear.”
Animals Asia says about bears like Stan on their website, “In countries across Asia, thousands of bears live a life of torture on bear farms, so that their bile can be extracted and used in traditional medicine to cure ailments ranging from headaches to haemorrhoids. Bears are confined in cages which vary from agonisingly tiny “crush” cages to larger pens, all of which cause terrible physical and mental suffering.”
We’re terribly sorry for Ricky’s loss. Stan was able to live a better life due to the kindness of people like him and organizations like Animals Asia. Perhaps now, Ricky can sponsor another bear in honor of Stan.
Animals Asia posted a picture taken of Stan by photographer Peter Yuen. Check it out below.