Steve Irwin was not only a TV-personality and renowned conservationist, he was basically a global sweetheart, beloved by all. On September 4th, 2006 he tragically passed away doing what he loved best, interacting with animals. To this day, his wife and children continue his work with the love and compassion only an Irwin could possess and radiate.
On February 22nd, 2019 Irwin would have been 57-years old if it were not for his untimely and tragic death and collectively most of the world remembered him, as we do regularly for being the icon and role model he still manages to be to this day.
For Irwin, in a tweet alongside a sweet tribute picture of the 'crocodile hunter,' Google said:
Today's Google Doodle celebrates Steve Irwin, the legendary Australian wildlife advocate & TV personality whose bravery & passion opened the eyes of millions to the wonders of wildlife.
Truly, this is something virtually no one disputes, right?
PETA, also known as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is a loud and proud "animal rights" organization that has been no stranger to controversy, nor making themselves look incredibly stupid.
In a mind-blowing turn of events, PETA decided to attack Steve Irwin's memory in response to Google's beautiful tribute.l
PETA laid in THICK.
According to PETA, you know, the pinnacle of morality, Steve Irwin harassed animals.
Yo, PETA, this ain't the circus we're talking about. This is Steve Freaking Irwin!
Let this be a lesson to PETA and anyone who would dare tarnish the reputation and memory of the world's most beloved... The Internet tore PETA a NEW ONE.
Some users were quick to point out how hypocritical PETA is, with specific details.
Did you know?
Steve Irwin's family run Australia Zoo, and it was opened by Steve's parents Bob and Lyn all the way back in 1970! Steve grew up helping his parents maintain the zoo and care for crocodiles and other reptiles, this was his entire childhood!
Furthermore, Steve and his wife Terri raised a lot of money filming their shows and collecting funds from merchandise and they put every penny back into conservation and building new exhibits for the zoo!
They do owe the Irwin family an apology.
More fun facts! Steve and Terri co-hosted their TV series Crocodile Hunter which debuted on Australian TV in 1996. It only took a year to make it's way to the United States and before long it was a huge hit and success in over 130 countries. In the 90's, nearly 500 million people all over the world knew who Steve Irwin was. His personality was captivating, his accent was endearing, and his catch-phrases burrowed into your mind.
Sir David Attenborough, the iconic British nature presenter, was also a fan of Steve and credited him for introducing many to the natural world. "He taught them how wonderful and exciting it was, he was a born communicator," he said.
Irwin considered conservation to be the most important part of his work, saying once, "I consider myself a wildlife warrior. My mission is to save the world's endangered species."
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Irwin is looking down on us all and he is proud. Surely.
It would seem they love saying ridiculous and inflammatory things.
Irwin, on the other hand, founded the 'Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation,' which became an independent charity and was later renamed 'Wildlife Warriors Worldwide.' He also helped found 'International Crocodile Rescue, 'the 'Lyn Irwin Memorial Fund' (named in memory of his mother, who died in an automobile crash in 2000), and the 'Iron Bark Station Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility.'
A wrong choice, but a choice nonetheless.
VALID FREAKING POINTS
PETA made a poor choice in telling the world Irwin got what he deserved. At the time of his death he was filming the documentary series Ocean's Deadlist. It was in his apre time at Batt Reef, near Port Douglas, Australia, that he decided to snorkel in shallow waters. He was being filmed becaues he hoped to get some footage for his daughter, Bindi, and her own TV show.
In mere chest-deep water, Irwin approached a short-tail stingray from the rear, hoping to film the magnificent creature swimming away, but what happened next would change the world forever. According to the incident's only witness:
All of a sudden [the stingray] propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail. Hundreds of strikes in a few seconds.
At the time, Irwin believed he had only punctured a lung but the sad reality is in what appeared to be a defensive response, the sting ray's barb had actually pierced his heart, which led to him bleeding to death. And PETA, in all their infinite wisdom, told the world that their most beloved human being deserved to die.
Only Elon can save us now.
His family still owns and runs Australia Zoo. His daughter, Bindi says:
We want to make sure that his message of wildlife and conservation continues, because he was the world’s greatest conservationist and we never want that message to die.
Maybe PETA should pay closer attention to this tweet.
As of the date of this article, the signatures had gone over 37,000, with more chiming in every minute.
Don't you dare tarnish the name of Steve Irwin.
Wow, PETA, you suck.
Truthfully, this simply enrages us more.
PETA can kick rocks, at best.
Make a difference here.
Don't bring animals down to PETA's level, bro!
Yeah, PETA is that bad.
PETA doesn't deserve their energy and response.
This is not how saving works, unless you're PETA.
Not even good intentions.
PETA... you shouldn't have gone this far down the path of darkness.
We can only assume this is incredibly accurate.
Shame on you, PETA.
What is the deal with PETA stealing pets!?
Astonishingly, there are people defending PETA. They're stupid. Ignore them. Steve Irwin is our precious baby and we must protect him.