Ricky Gervais Calls Out Trophy Hunter, Ignites Twitter War
There are many reasons why we love Ricky Gervais: his talent, his love for his cat, and now his ability to call out trophy hunters on how absurd their actions are.
The award winning and animal loving comedian took it to Twitter on Monday to put trophy hunter Rebecca Francis on blast after she proudly posted a photo of herself lying next to a giraffe she shot.
“What must’ve happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal & then lie next to it smiling?,” wrote Gervais.
It wasn’t long before some of his over 7.5 million followers started posting death threats to Francis saying she should be the one shot so she replied through a statement on HuntingLife.com the following day.
“When I was in Africa five years ago I was of the mindset that I would never shoot a giraffe,” she said. “I was approached toward the end of my hunt with a unique circumstance. They showed me this beautiful old bull giraffe that was wandering all alone. He had been kicked out of the herd by a younger and stronger bull. He was past his breeding years and very close to death. They asked me if I would preserve this giraffe by providing all the locals with food and other means of survival. He was inevitably going to die soon and he could either be wasted or utilized by the local people. I chose to honor his life by providing others with his uses and I do not regret it for one second. Once he was down there were people waiting to take his meat. They also took his tail to make jewelry, his bones to make other things, and did not waste a single part of him. I am grateful to be a part of something so good.”
Gervais then replied in the way he knows best: with hilarious sarcasm. He started by replying to a supporter of Francis who wrote “Maybe someone should just shoot you. You’re a disgrace to people.” Gervais simply responded, “I’ll make it easier for you Ray…” and posted a photo of himself dressed in a giraffe print robe eating a leaf.
He continued by posting a photo of himself lying on the ground next to a tofu and rice bowl with the caption “This Tofu & Rice was old and sad and wanted me to kill it. Now I will eat it.” Finally, he posted two other photos of Francis standing proudly over the dead bodies of a lion and a bear with the caption “After killing that giraffe out of the kindness of her heart and feeding the poor locals she had these for pudding.”
Ricky Gervais 3. Trophy hunters 0.
Better than the proverbial burn though, was that Gervais’ Twitter war ignited a big conversation about trophy hunting and just how cruel it is to animals and damaging to their ecosystem. The story went viral and organizations like the Born Free Foundation that aims to protect wildlife from people like Francis are reaching a bigger audience and warning them that trophy hunters are responsible for bringing species like rhinos and lions to endangered status.
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