Reading Time: < 1 minute Gervais - while not vegan - is a longtime animal advocate (Photo: Facebook)
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Actor and comedian Ricky Gervais is urging fans to adopt, not shop, for their next companion animal.

The star shared a post Saturday with over 13 million Twitter followers that included a picture of him and a dog, alongside his message.

It read: “Rescue pets wait weeks, months, even years. So visit your local animal shelter this weekend & take home your new best friend. #adopt”

Advocate

While Gervais has been criticized for not being vegan, he does use his platform to advocate for animals.

The star has worked to raise awareness around animal testing, foie gras, and other animal rights issues.

In August, he backed a campaign to end deaths in horse racing, which included a petition that received 100,000 signatures.

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious and culturally sensitive approach to her work in all fields.