Reading Time: 2 minutes Gervais wants to see wildlife trade and consumption end (Photo: Facebook)
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Ricky Gervais is calling on the U.K government to ban factory farming – branding it ‘inhumane’ and saying it ‘doesn’t belong in this century’.

The comic is backing a campaign by animal protection charity Viva!, which has written an open letter to prime minister Boris Johnson, asking him to ban the practice in a bid to protect public health.

Viva! says factory farming ‘forces millions of animals in the U.K to live in over-crowded, filthy conditions’ – creating breeding grounds for disease.

Infectious diseases

The campaign launch followed the emergence of the COVID-19 virus, which is widely believed to have originated from a wet market in Wuhan, China towards the end of 2019. Since then, more than 500,000 people have died globally from the disease.

The situation has turned the spotlight onto the role our treatment of animals plays in the emergence of disease – with three in four of the world’s new or emerging infectious diseases coming from animals.

‘End it before it ends us’

According to Viva!: “Responsible for nearly three million deaths a year, these diseases are largely transmitted through trading wildlife (legally and illegally) and factory farming.

“That’s why we’re calling on the U.K government to take action on our food production systems and defend public health by promoting veganism as a solution and ending factory farming, before it ends us.”

Ricky Gervais adds: “Factory Farming condemns animals to a lifetime of suffering. It’s cruel, inhumane and doesn’t belong in this century.”

You can sign the open letter to Boris Johnson here

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.