Ricky Gervais Declares: Save the Queen’s Bears!

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Ricky Gervais

Looks like one of the funniest celebrities in the world is joining PETA Europe’s worldwide fight to stop the slaughter of Canadian black bears for silly hats. And I’m particularly excited about this celebrity, who is probably one of my favorite entertainers of all time: Ricky Gervais.

Gervais, whom you probably know as the star of Extras and the original version of The Office, has written a letter to U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown asking him to replace the bear fur on the Queen’s Guards’ caps with a cruelty-free material. In his letter, he points out that it takes the entire hide of a bear to make one hat—and that’s nothing to “have a laugh” about!

Oh, maybe you should just read the lovely man’s lovely letter, before I manage to work in “Freelove Freeway” or Sir Ian McKellen’s “wizard, you shall not pass” bit.

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Letter from Ricky Gervais


Written by Amanda Schinke

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