RICKY GERVAIS RECEIVES FIRST EVER 'CECIL' AWARD FROM THE HUMANE SOCIETY.
Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais has been awarded the first ever Cecil Award by The Humane Society.
Three years ago there was public outcry after Cecil the lion was killed by an American trophy hunter.
Gervais, a Golden Globe and Emmy winner tweeted at the time: "I am struggling to imagine anything more beautiful than this." along with a a photograph of Cecil alive and well.
The Humane Society said: "Ricky Gervais’s voice has reached out over the years to his millions of fans over social media and through the media, elevating the work we do in raising global awareness about trophy hunting.
"Over the years, following news of trophy hunts, including, more recently, the killing of a family of baboons in Namibia by an Idaho fish and game commission official, Ricky’s voice has continued to reach out to his millions of fans over social media and through the media, elevating the work we do in raising global awareness about trophy hunting, moblizing the shock and outrage felt by millions in reaction to news about trophy hunts, and adding to the momentum to ending it for good."
The Cecil Award was given to Gervais at the HSUS “To the Rescue!” annual gala in New York City on Friday.
Also a top honoree at the gala was the fashion brand Gucci, which received the Corporate Consciousness Award after it announced it was going fur-free last year,