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Comedian Ricky gets animal gong

Volunteer rescuers, a campaigning group that succeeded in changing a law and comedian Ricky Gervais are among those to have received RSPCA Honours in recognition of their dedication to animal welfare.

Gervais (inset), who is currently filming in Los Angeles, was sent the Arthur Broome Bronze Award for speaking out against animal cruelty and championing the work of animal charities to his eight million Twitter followers.

The campaigning group behind what became known as Harvey's Law also received the Arthur Broome Bronze Award during the fifth annual RSPCA Honours.