Applaud Actor for Publicly Shaming Trophy Hunter


Target: Actor/Comedian Ricky Gervais

Goal: Support public figures who speak out against trophy hunting in Africa.

There is currently a photograph circulating the internet of a young woman posing next to a giraffe that she killed, and Ricky Gervais has something to say about it. The famous comedian engaged in a public Twitter exchange with the woman, sarcastically commending her for killing a peaceful, slow-moving giant for no reason other than bragging rights. The woman attempted to defend her actions, but Gervais remained steadfast in his message that trophy hunting is a disgusting act that should not be condoned.

The woman in question, Rebecca Francis, has posted numerous photographs of herself with an assortment of dead wild animals, including a giraffe, a lion, and a bear. Gervais initially condemned Francis’ photograph of her with a bloody, dead giraffe, which she had slayed. He questioned her morality by reposting her picture and asking what had happened to her in her life to celebrate killing such a gentle, majestic animal. Francis responded by claiming that the giraffe was old and the neighboring tribe of people needed food. Of course, this makes little sense, and Gervais made sure to address this.

Trophy hunters kill mercilessly, with concern only for status rather than for conservation efforts, which is a favorite excuse of many trophy hunters. There is nothing sustainable about killing members of a species in order to save the species. Bragging about killing animals is disgusting and should be banned. Sign this petition to thank Gervais for his public stance on this issue.


Dear Mr. Gervais,

You recently engaged in a public argument with Rebecca Francis, a woman who posted a picture of herself with a giraffe that she murdered on social media. I am writing to thank you for publicly shaming the behavior that Francis is emulating. There is no merit in killing such a gentle, majestic animal. I understand that Francis has tried to excuse her actions by saying that she killed the giraffe because it was old, and the people who live in the area wanted it to eat.

Of course, her excuse falls on deaf ears because she has killed numerous animals for a photo opportunity. Thank you for publicly admitting that trophy hunting is appalling and should never be tolerated. Please continue to defend the animals of the world. You are very appreciated.


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Photo credit: Admiralty via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Janice Meyer says:

    Ricky Gervais–It takes a lot of guts to come out against a trophy hunter or any animal abuser/killer, especially since your livelihood depends on your celebrity status. It shows me that you are a man of convictions, morals and truth. There are just some things in this world that are more important than being the most popular person. But because you do have celebrity status, thank you for using it to help bring attention to the unjust, abusive, negligent and inhumane actions that vile, evil people do against helpless animals. You are the best!

  2. Mr. Gervais, I’ve always been a big fan of your’s but now I’m also so proud of you for being a voice for the voiceless! You have to wonder what would ever drive anyone to kill such a gentle giant as that giraffe, but for a woman to do it make’s it even sadder. I’m not saying women aren’t capable of heinous act’s but it’s usually men who are the trophy hunters! Now I’m seeing more women get into it and it really makes you wonder what’s wrong in their life to need that kind of attention! It seem’s like the world is getting sicker everyday and we need all the sane people we can get to speak out about the insane things they do.

  3. Thank you so much for being a voice for the animals, it’s great to see someone so passionate. I think you are fantastic!

  4. kay allan says:

    i am so proud of you, just keep it up, your voice is loader that ours. thank you.

  5. Cecily Colloby says:

    Good for you Ricky!!We need more like you!!

  6. Ellis Toscano says:

    Good on you, Ricky.

  7. Ann Price says:

    Love you to bits. All us animals needs you.

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