Ricky Gervais commends conservation officer sacked for refusing to kill bear cubs
Actor Ricky Gervais has backed a Canadian conservation officer suspended from his job for refusing to kill two black bear cubs.
The comedian has labelled Bryce Casavant 'honourable'.
Gervais (54) has joined thousands of people campaigning online for the conservationist to be reinstated.
The Office star also tweeted, "Be kind to animals" and "Give a voice to those who don't have one".
Bryce Casavant, conservation officer, suspended for refusing to kill bear cubs http://t.co/E6AKvu6Kyd Reinstate this honourable man.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) July 8, 2015
Casavant was "suspended" from his job without pay after he refused to put down the two black bear cubs in British Columbia, Canada.
The cubs' mother had already been put to sleep for repeatedly raiding a freezer full of meat and fish inside a nearby caravan.
Instead of choosing to euthanise the bear cubs, Casavant took them to a Wildlife Recovery shelter.
Over 40,000 people have so far signed the petition to reinstate Casavant, asking environment minister Mary Polak to intervene.