In today’s blog, Julian Omidi discusses the recent viral campaign by comedian and actor Ricky Gervais to shame big game hunters on social media.
Comedian, actor and Television creator Ricky Gervais recently made headlines, but not for his comedy. The British comedian, who openly advocates for animals, has started a viral campaign to shame big game hunters. What can we learn from this public display of shaming?
Big game hunting has caused the numbers of wild animals in countries like Africa to significantly decline. Currently, the last Northern White Rhino has a 24 hour guard to protect it from poachers. Recently, big game hunters have taken to social media to glorify their kill. This was the case with Rebecca Francis, the reality star of the series Wild Huntress.
In one photo, she was displayed lying next to a giraffe she violently killed. Mr. Gervais responded to this by tweeting “What must’ve happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal & then lie next to it smiling? “ Francis replied, defending herself stating that she had no regrets for her actions.
Many people who act violently towards animals hold no remorse for their actions. They are the type that believes animals are lesser than humans, and don’t deserve the same ethical treatment that humans receive.
What Mr. Gervais has done through his twitter campaign is open up a dialogue about the unnecessary cruelty created by big game hunting. By putting Rebecca Francis in the world’s eye, he opens her and the practice of hunting docile animals to criticism.
Often times, people get consumed about how animals are being treated in America. They can forget that injustices occur throughout the world. These actions need to be addressed, and hopefully stopped. Our failure to do so could lead to further extinction of beautiful animals around the world.
Do your part to stop cruelty towards animals locally and abroad. Reach out on social media and support other people’s campaigns. This will further expand the dialogue that is much needed.
Be good to each other,
Julian Omidi is the co-founder of Animal Support, a nonprofit that advocates for the wellbeing of animals throughout the world.