Comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted a dead-serious message that featured a young woman in camouflage lying beside a freshly killed giraffe. “What must’ve happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal & then lie next to it smiling?” he asked. The tweet, which was shared over 33,000 times, led to an onslaught of posts by people who were sickened by the slaughter—some even tweeted death threats to hunt the hunter down. Unfazed by Gervais, the woman in the photo, Rebecca Francis, stood her ground. She maintained that the killing, which took place five years ago, was justified. “[The giraffe] had been kicked out of the herd by a younger and stronger bull. He was past his breeding years and very close to death …” She was allegedly asked to kill the giraffe so that his body could be fully utilized by the locals. Gervais, an outspoken animal welfare crusader, remains nonplussed, and has continued to use social media to criticize hunters in order to promote wildlife conservation.
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