PETA Sparks Backlash After Their “Stupid Fucking Post” About Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin

Animal rights organisation PETA has come under fire after they criticised the late Steve Irwin for his wildlife conservation efforts.

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PETA’s criticisms had been in response to a Google Doodle tribute to Irwin on what would have been his 57th birthday. The search engine unveiled a series of illustrations on Friday to celebrate the beloved man’s life. The Doodle was warmly received by the majority and Irwin’s son, Robert, took to Twitter to thank Google for the special tribute.

But a day later, in a series of tweets, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) called out Google for promoting a man who “was killed while harassing a ray.”

“He dangled his baby while feeding a crocodile & wrestled wild animals who were minding their own business. Today’s #GoogleDoodle sends a dangerous, fawning message. Wild animals are entitled to be left alone in their natural habitats.”

They continued: “Steve Irwin’s actions were not on target with his supposed message of protecting wildlife. A real wildlife expert and someone who respects animals for the individuals they are leaves them to their own business in their natural homes.

“It is harassment to drag exotic animals, including babies taken from their mothers, around from TV talk shows to conferences and force them to perform as Steve Irwin did. Animals deserve to live as they want to, not as humans demand – the #GoogleDoodle should represent that.” 

As you can imagine, many were not amused by PETA’s claim Irwin was not a “real wildlife expert.”

The top response on PETA’s thread – written by The Amity Affliction‘s Joel Birch – reads, “Stupid, stupid fucking post. What the fuck is wrong with you. Steve Irwin practised what he preached, which was conservation. His work continues on today despite his tragic death. This kind of shit is part of the reason veganism is constantly attacked as an extreme position.” 

Another wrote, “I learned more about respecting nature and wildlife from #SteveIrwin than I’ve ever learned from @peta #facts” while others urged PETA to apologise.

“There have been few people who have done more for wildlife conservation and education than the Irwin family. You owe them an apology.”