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The Week in Animal Rights

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With every week that goes past, there are wonderful stories about people speaking up about animal rights. Ricky Gervais and J.M. Coetzee are my heroes this week

Ricky Gervais speaks out against trophy hunting

Ricky Gervais, comedian and ambassador for Cruelty-Free International, caused a stir this week when his social media tirade on trophy hunter Rebecca Francis resulted in her hitting back with accusations of sexism. Gervais made it quite clear that his sees men and women that hunt as “equally vile”, after sharing images of the hunter posing with dead animals including giraffes, zebras, lions and bears.

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In South Africa, it is legal to breed animals for the mere purpose of being shot for sport by tourists from the UK, China and the US. The BBC reports that “the animals are hand-reared and bottle fed, so [they] don’t fear people”. Gervais publically aired his outrage at the killings on…

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