ricky gervais
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Ricky Gervais has teamed up with the WSPA, Cruelty Free International and PETA to speak out against cruelty to animals. That’s in addition to using his twitter account to bring attention to a variety of animal protection issues. Now, the star has opened up to GQ about why it’s so important for him to lend his voice to help keep animals safe.

Gervais said in an interview with the magazine, “I love animals. Growing up, the two things that made my blood boil were religious intolerance and animal cruelty. I’ve never understood it. I can’t stand to have an animal in pain. I’ve got to get it out of my head. It makes me angry, I want to cry, I want to stab someone. I don’t know where that comes from, really.”

When asked if the rumors were true that Gervais wants to open up a wildlife sanctuary at some point, the “Derek” star said, “When everyone asked, ‘What ambition have you got?’ I could never think of one. That’s the only thing I could think of, that I’d want my life to be: just my house, but I open the back doors and it’s like a fucking Disney cartoon. I want fucking muskrats and beavers and horses and three-legged wolves and blind bears. I wouldn’t want for anything else. My life now, with every endangered or hurt animal saved.”

Perhaps Gervais should talk with Queen guitarist Brian May who does actually help wildlife right inside his home.

Being a celebrity doesn’t mean he’s immune from people asking him the common but annoying question: why aren’t you helping people instead of animals? To that, the actor and writer responds, “Whenever I do a thing about animals, there’s always someone that goes, ‘What about children dying in Syria?’ Yeah, that’s bad, too—can’t we care about both? Sometimes I go, ‘You carry on all your good work for the fucking children in Syria, and I’ll do this.’ I love the fact that there’s a hierarchy of things that you’ve got to care about. I tweeted ‘I love humans—they’re just not my favorite animal.’ That was to annoy people.”

That doesn’t annoy us one bit. Keep it up, Gervais!

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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