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Ricky Gervais Is Absolutely Owning Trophy Hunters And It Is Fantastic

Emmy Griffiths
by Emmy Griffiths Published on April 24, 2015

Ricky Gervais has always been a strong advocate for animal rights, and has previously spoken out about issues including against black bear fur used as hats for the Queen's Guard, fox hunting and bullfighting. This time, the comedian is speaking out against trophy hunters and has sparked a huge debate online over those who kill for sport (and to be frank, he is winning)...

It began when Gervais posted pictures of hunters posing next to dead giraffes:

The hunter in the second photo is Rebecca Francis, who gave a statement to Huntinglife.com following Gervais's tweet. She said: "When I was in Africa five years ago I was of the mindset that I would never shoot a giraffe. 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.

“I am proud to call myself a hunter. I am proud to be a woman in the hunting industry. I am proud to be a mother. I will never apologize for these things.”

We might not be experts, but from the video on her website, doesn't it look like the giraffe ISN'T alone?

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Gervais responded to her statement with a few pretty brilliant thoughts of his own...

According to The Independent, Francis then accused Gervais of sexism, saying Gervais: “used his power and influence to specifically target women in the hunting industry and has sparked thousands of people to call for my death, the death of my family and many other women who hunt”.

Fortunately, Gervais did not back down after claims of sexism, saying:

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by Emmy Griffiths