Ricky Gervais is a funny guy, but is serious when it comes to his love for animals.
The comedian was outraged when he ran across a photo of Rebecca Francis, the winner of Extreme Huntress in 2010, lying next to the dead body of a giraffe and smiling.
Ricky tweeted, “What must’ve happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal & then lie next to it smiling?”
Rebecca Francis found herself at the center of a social media storm, after people retweeted the photo.
Some users went so far as to tweet they “hoped she dies ‘a lonely, painful death'”.
Jason Arnopp (@JasonArnopp) tweeted, “It’s a special kind of psychopathy, it really is.”
The Doom (@JamesVonDoom) added, “Why the **** are they shooting Giraffes? A standing giraffe is probably easier to hit than a ‘sitting duck.'”
Francis, the mother of eight in her mid-40s, is far from alone in her passion for hunting down animals for sport.
Tens of thousands of tourists travel to Africa every year to collect animal “trophies”.
There are tour companies dedicated to the sport. Killing a giraffe will cost somewhere in the region of $3,000.
Rebecca Francis is a proud advocate for the sport, with her biography stating, “Rebecca loves to share her passion for hunting with her kids and other women. She hopes to help more women get out there and pursue their interest.”
Her website, filled with photos of animals she has killed, even brags that she was the second American woman to get the ‘Grand Slam of North America’ with her bow , which means she has killed all four species native to North America.
Rebecca responded to the controversy, writing, “When I was in Africa five years ago I was of the mindset that I would never shoot a giraffe,” she wrote. “I was approached toward the end of my hunt with a unique circumstance. They showed me this beautiful old bull giraffe that was wandering all alone. He had been kicked out of the herd by a younger and stronger bull. He was past his breeding years and very close to death. They asked me if I would preserve this giraffe by providing all the locals with food and other means of survival. He was inevitably going to die soon and he could either be wasted or utilized by the local people. I chose to honor his life by providing others with his uses and I do not regret it for one second. Once he was down there were people waiting to take his meat. They also took his tail to make jewelry, his bones to make other things, and did not waste a single part of him. I am grateful to be a part of something so good.”
A follower posted another shot of Francis, standing over a dead lion and writing, “she’s so proud of herself!”
Gervais sarcastically replied, “yeah, she probably killed this one to feed the poor locals too ;)”
Here in the south, shooting deer and another animals for sport is very common. Personally, we’d rather get to enjoy the beauty of these creatures than shoot them.
Gervais has shown his love for animals often on his Twitter page.
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