PETA Flares Controversy After Google Honours Late Steve Irwin’s Birthday

By Bradley Short

On February 22, Google honoured Steve Irwin by releasing a doodle of him holding a crocodile. Steve Irwin would have turned fifty-seven late February, however, the Australian born native tragically died in 2006 as a result of a stingray attack.

Steve Irwin, nicknamed “The Crocodile Hunter” was a zookeeper, conservationist, and most well known for his part he played on the television series The Crocodile Hunter. In 2004, Irwin sparked outrage after dangling his new baby son in front of a thirteen foot crocodile, barely escaping charges from Queensland State Families Department.

PETA, the largest animal rights organization in the world, sparked controversy on Twitter after the Google doodle of Irwin was released. They responded saying, “Steve Irwin’s actions were not on target with his supposed message of protecting wildlife. A real wildlife expert & someone who respects animals for the individuals they are leaves them to their own business in their natural homes”.

Though PETA has been criticized world wide over their “insensitive” and “disrespectful” tweets, they have still stood by their statement. Many celebrities such as Lesley-Ann Brandt have taken to the internet, responding “Sorry @peta. That man dedicated his life to saving Australian wildlife and he is still doing so from the grave as I’ve seen first hand while visiting Australia over the years. You guys need choose your battles wisely. Attacking Steve Irwin does not save animals.”

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