August 28, 2017
Animal rights and environmental issues need all the publicity they can get – and we can all agree that to get it, it is seriously helpful to have some celebrities on deck. British comedian Ricky Gervais has been a long-time advocate for animals, promoting adoption, donating money, and criticizing cruel practices, all of which generate a lot of interest in and conversation around the topics. This time, he has targeted the practice of trophy hunting – and shared what he thinks about it in no uncertain terms.
Gervais calling out trophy hunters is not a novelty, however – in a recent post on his Facebook page, he inserted a screenshot of a post on the subject written in 2015. Unfortunately, not much has changed in the matter since then and the critique Gervais made in the post still holds true today.
Captioned “My thoughts on Trophy Hunting,” the post is a reminder that the issue of this bloody practice is still very much relevant – and Gervais’s words are not at all subtle.
Gervais especially points out the controversial financial aspects of trophy hunting and underlines how hunters claiming that they “provide a service” to communities where they hunt actually just exploit impoverished communities that have no choice but to accept their offers.
Parading as conservation, trophy hunting is a cruel pseudo-sport which has a number of seriously detrimental effects, among them the harm to the overall populations of the hunted species. Curiously, killing animals in the name of conservation is something that a number of groups actually claim.
Gervais is, without a doubt, doing a great job as an animal advocate by making use of his platform in order to reach as wide an audience as possible and spread awareness and knowledge about important animal rights issues. Public figures speaking out on the matters cause not only a heightened interest in the topics but also help inform people that animal and environmental problems are something we really should think about and engage in solving. At the end of the day, it’s something we should all feel responsible for.
Lead image source: Animal Defenders International