Ricky Gervais Continues His Fight Against 'Sick' Trophy Hunters
It’s not over. Comedian and outspoken animal activist Ricky Gervais is not done shaming trophy hunter Rebecca Francis just yet.
To recap: the “Derek” star called out the trophy hunter on his Twitter after she proudly posted a photo of herself lying next to a giraffe she shot. In retaliation, he posted a shot of himself lying next a bowl of veggies.
“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. Francis is winner of the competition show “Extreme Huntress” (yes, that really exists) and has a long list of animal kills that would make any sane person physically ill.
The tweet instantly went viral. But Gervais isn’t quite finished yet with his rant. The actor has continuously retweeted images and tweets of the travesty behind such senseless hunting.
“My post about the giraffe hunter was seen by 27 million people on Twitter & Facebook in just one day. Keep up the good work. It all helps,” he tweeted shortly thereafter his initial tweet, which has been retweeted over 38,000 times on Twitter and was shared thousands of times across various social media sites.
A barrage of anti-hunting tweets followed:
“These psycho trophy hunters always have stuff about their family being everything to them on their profiles. Elephants love their family too,” he tweeted last week.
“The trophies I’m proudest of are the memories of all those times I didn’t kill a beautiful, majestic, endangered species for no reason,” read another.
“I’m sure we’ll never stop some sick people killing animals for fun, but can we at least stop rewarding them in reality TV shows about it?” He tweeted yesterday.
With tongue firmly in cheek, Gervais posted a photo of him and his beloved cat on Twitter today, with the caption: “She is old and separated from the herd so I feed her and brush her and let the villagers see how lovely she is.”
Gervais recently spoke to Elephant Journal about the recent controversy (a story which he also retweeted), telling the mag, “Animals don’t have a voice, but I do. A loud one. I’m a fucking big mouth. My voice is for them. And I’ll never shut up while they suffer.”
And we wouldn’t want him to, either.
As Gervais says in one of his most powerful quotes: “Animals are not here to do as we please with. We are not their superiors, we are their equals. We are their family. Be kind to them.”