Ricky Gervais is more than a successful comic, talented writer, award-winning actor, and funny personality. He is also a big voice for animals! The animal-loving comedian is a long time ambassador for putting an end to cosmetic animal testing with London organization Cruelty Free International.
Ricky Gervais has carved an incredibly successful career from making people laugh but when it comes to standing up for the rights of animals, it’s no joking matter for the passionate animal activist.
In addition to lending his superstar name and status to causes that help benefit animals, his Twitter feed is just full of animal rights advocacy! Currently gracing his social media feed are status updates about re-homing abandoned dogs, ending bear-bile farming and thanking his followers for caring about animal welfare. We also love seeing the pictures of him cuddling with his cats, which he posts often.
Gervais is a supporter of animal rights and has stated that he will leave his fortune to animal charities. He has spoken out against fox hunting and bullfighting, and wrote to Gordon Brown urging him to stop the use of black bear fur as caps for the Foot Guards.
Ricky is driven to raise awareness and get signatures on petitions that pile pressure on governments. He has put his name to campaigns with charities such as PETA and the Humane Society International. Ricky won’t stop until animals are protected from blood sports and their fur is no longer used as a fashion statement.
In 2013, Gervais was named Person of the Year by PETA for his work on curbing animal abuse. For PETA Gervais voiced a rabbit and Pink played an alligator in an awareness advertisement. Gervais named an Asian black bear, also known as a moon bear, Derek after his character Derek Noakes from his series Derek. In December 2013, Gervais bought a $1000 cake shaped like a moon bear to raise funds for Animal Asia. Gervais is active in the prevention of illegal wildlife trade; he supported the handing over of ivory trinkets to the Metropolitan police in London.
Ricky is undoubtedly a voice for all animals and it’s fair to say the world is starting to listen to him. ‘Animals are not here for us to do as we please with,’ he has said. ‘We are their family. Be kind to them.’ We hear you Ricky. Loud and clear.
“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”