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PopWrapped | Current Events

Ricky Gervais Puts "Extreme Huntress" In Her Place

Adam Horn | PopWrapped Author

Adam Horn

Updated 04/27/2015 4:59pm
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Comedian Ricky Gervais is no stranger to controversy, nor is he afraid to voice his opinion on matters that mean something to him, particularly animal activism. It was no surprise when he took to his Twitter account to call out a pair of trophy hunters who felt the need to post photos of themselves posing next to giraffes they had killed for no good reason. It should also come as no surprise when the tweets went viral. The second tweet was from a well known trophy hunter named Rebecca Francis. She is best known for being the winner of the reality program Extreme Huntress. Francis fired back, claiming that the giraffe had been “past his breeding years and very close to death" and that it had been used as food for locals. Gervais promptly replied in turn: Francis, unwilling to back down, replied again in defense of herself and trophy hunting, stating, "There is no question that hunters contribute the most to the welfare of wildlife. I believe in the right to hunt. I believe that hunters promote wildlife more than any other source." Ricky then linked to a source from the BBC disputing that claim. The information details the sections of Africa where trophy hunting is legal. Wild animals, such as big cats, are bred to be hunted and bottle fed from birth so they grow up not feeling threatened by humans, making them less dangerous and easier to kill. He did make sure to differentiate between trophy hunting and legitimate hunting first. Unsurprisingly, when her points had been countered, she decided to turn away from the discussion and instead claimed that she had been singled out due to being a woman. "Ricky Gervais has 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," Rebecca claimed on record. Of course, Gervais was having none of that either. Readers, I’ll leave you with one final tweet and a round of applause for Mr. Gervais.
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