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Ricky Gervais Calls Out Trophy Hunter, Ignites Twitter War

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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.

trophy hunter rebecca francis

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.

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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 makes fun of trophy hunters

ricky gervais puts trophy hunter on blast

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.

Via SF Gate

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  • jason

    I don’t understand why he just doesn’t go and buy Africa or fund all the animal charities and save the animals himself, I mean it really will be his fault if more species become extinct.
    So long as the animal was killed then there is no cruelty argument just a moral position which Ricky could go and talk to his nearest paedophile priest about if he wasn’t so busy trying to kill god.

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  • Frank Hoffman

    Even if her story is true, it doesn’t explain her desire in general to shoot animals for sport, or her welcoming the opportunity to shoot this animal in particular (couldn’t anyone have “culled” it?), or her desire to be photographed next to it. If she was really just doing a good thing, she needn’t have gloated or publicized the event.

    • Lynne Shadle

      I agree. If she was doing a good thing and providing food for the locals she would not have laid beside it smiling to get that photo. She would have just not made a big thing out of it. She is a nut case and should not be allowed into the countries where she can go kill for sport.

  • Nigel Miller

    Well she lied through her teeth about why she killed it. She said it was dying and alone but obviously forgot the video of her hunt is on YouTube. In it she admits to chasing it for a day in a jeep and when she eventually kills it there is another giraffe right in the firing line. Hardly dying if it was able to evade her for a day and clearly not alone.

  • spankee

    Im a bit sick of seeing this twisted bitch lying with her kills. She obviously loves killing, theres something wrong with her head….. She tries to act like shes doing the animal a favor thats even worse…….

    • TheMaryhou .

      don;t you love use your cosmetics,soap , oh how many animals dies in labs every year you don’t want to know and this is only in EU , you killing animals just by washing yourself , oh don’t you love to use meds also tested…

  • lindamermaid

    Thanks to people like her, one species of rhino is now extinct.

  • ninoisnice

    ” The meat is for the body, and the body is for the meat, nevertheless, let each of us be convinced in outr own minds”..”judge not lest…

    • Cynthia Harvey

      what the hell are you saying exactly?

  • Nancy Christine

    Such BS. why doesnt she teach them how to grow crops and agriculture? use condoms to quit the mass producing they do in these countries. no? yeah because its all BS.

  • Tadgh Lonergan

    Well Done Ricky !!!!

  • northlander

    99 % of big game hunters are Americans , those are the ones that are afraid to go to Iraq where your prey can shoot back !!

    • TheMaryhou .

      yes they are bored as fuck too big and too bored

  • cal

    Should only be allowed a hunting license if you also consent to being hunted yourself. That way some of us can have fun shooting you bastards while protecting those that can’t shoot back.

  • Gene N Jen

    She has contributed more to wildlife conservation than any granola eating tree huger ever will congrats

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