Funny man Ricky Gervais was reduced to tears on Wednesday night when he was presented with an Animal Hero award from the Daily Mirror.
But Gervais wasn’t crying over his award. He was crying over the images of animal abuse — bullfighting in Spain, dogs kept in pens and later killed as food in Thailand, dolphins being slaughtered in Japan — that preceded his award. All of the causes are close to the comedian’s heart. He has passionately campaigned and tweeted for their cessation, so it’s no wonder the Daily Mirror presented him with the Outstanding Contribution honor at its Third Annual Animal Hero Awards.
“I’m not crying because I won this award. I’m crying because of all the things up there,” Gervais said, pointing to the screen. “Seeing things like that makes me cry and feel angry at the same time.”
Gervais was presented with the award by Queen’s Brian May, another passionate animal advocate.
“I should thank all the people that retweet me on Twitter and Facebook, that support all the things I put forward,” Gervais continued.
“And thanks to the Daily Mirror. They do an awful lot, and I’ve noticed that more and more.”
In fact, both Gervais and May announced they will work together to help support the Mirror’s campaign against the badger cull in England.
“I’d love to, actually. He has this amazing way with words,” said May. “It’s what makes him a great comic but it’s what also makes him a great advocate, because it’s very hard to argue with Ricky Gervais.”
Later that evening, Gervais posted a picture of his award next to his stacked mantlepiece filled with BAFTAs, Golden Globes and other distinctions.