Ricky Gervais is best known for making people laugh.
But in 2013 the British comedian helped his 5.3 million Twitter followers understand the issues of animal abuse and thus has earned PETA’s Person of the Year title.
The animal rights organization honored the 52-year-old stating, “Ricky Gervais makes sure that animals have their say, tweet, growl or roar on Twitter. He finds humor in most things, but cruelty to animals isn’t one of them.”
“As he says himself, ‘Animals are not here for us to do as we please with. We are not their superiors, we are their equals. We are their family. Be kind to them’.”