Ricky Gervais: “Pigs and cows are worth as much as a dog”
He dedicated the end of this special (before his encore) to note the power of social media in regards to activism:
“I’m very into anti-animal cruelty. Years ago, it would take ages to get 100,000 signatures on a petition. Standing outside Tesco’s or something. That’s the magic number, because then it gets heard in Parliament. I’ve been part of many campaigns through Twitter when we’ve got 100,000 signatures in days, and the law has been changed. Thank you to those who’ve retweeted about animal cruelty. It makes a difference. Thank you.”
He added that people will still argue with “something as clear and distinct as animal cruelty,” and spoke about his experience tweeting about animal rights issues:
“I’ll tweet something about a bull being tortured in a bullring for entertainment. I say, “Ban bullfighting.” Someone always says, “What about the kids in Syria?” What? Well, I’m not giving you a choice. You can do both.”
He continued, talking about the Yulin Festival that takes place in China:
“It’s horrendous. And we send people with money to buy the dogs, to bring them back. It’s a drop in the ocean. They eat thousands over this weekend. I tweet the details, the petition, people don’t really read it. It’s a knee-jerk. People say, “Racist!” I go, “What?” They go, “We eat pigs and cows in the West.” Yep, we do. I don’t but, yeah, I used to. You’re right, a pig or a cow is worth as much as a dog. It’s not about the species. It’s what they do to these poor dogs.”
Earlier on in the special, Gervais stated that he doesn’t “eat meat anymore,” and last year contributed his vegan Tempting Tofurky and Roasted Veg recipe to Humane Society International UK’s Christmas Stars’ EatKind Festive Guide.
The 1 hour and 18 minute special can be watched on Netflix.