Steve Irwin's death shows a side of PETA I don't like.
Sep 16, 2006
Most of you know that I'm very involved with PETA and with peta2, but this article really disturbed me. Of course keep in mind through all this blog that what one member of PETA says does not represent what the other members think. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14626178/ Steve Irwin was an amazing man who worked hard to educate. He wasn't trying to be a TV star. He wanted to people to learn how amazing animals were. I love animals with all my heart and more than anything in the entire world but I think that the little discomfort he ever caused an animal was very insignifigant in the scheme of things-I mean what he was doing. An animal was never hurt, And anytime he had to jump on an alligator it was for a rehabilitation purpose for the alligator or crocodile, to move back to it's regular setting and or so on. And he wasn't rough with the animals for no reason, a crocodile and or an alligator fights it's opponent and will roll and roll to get it in the water. Thier fighters. You can't just call to it and expect it to come to you and let you put a leash on it. Some members of PETA really need to learn to be realistic about things. Steve Irwin did more than most of the members of PETA ever did.
Saturday September 16, 2006, 7:03 pm
This is preposterous: "“It comes as no shock at all that Steve Irwin should die provoking a dangerous animal,” PETA’s Dan Mathews tells The Scoop."
They should be checking their facts before opening their mouths! Stingrays are shy, gentle creatures that don't attack unless they are threatened in some way. It is thought that the ray felt cornered being between the cameraman and Steve and took action to get away, with a very unfortunate outcome.
I have always been a proponate for animal welfare, but PETA just seems to want to be in the limelight in this. I haven't supported them for years because of their tactics.
Steve Irwin was an amazing man and conservationalist who taught us more about so many various animals than anyone I can think of. He died doing what he loved - being with the animals he tried to protect.
Saturday September 16, 2006, 8:00 pm
I am so glad to find more people who feel this way. I sent a long letter to PETA today. I am so disappointed in their comments and their support of Germaine Greer's comments. They even had the audacity to say that he "...probably encouraged people to keep wild animals as pets." I agree with Debby, they should check their facts before flapping their lips!
Steve Irwin has done more, globally, for wildlife conservation and awareness than anyone. What an amazing person he was. His death is shocking and tragic - a loss to all the creatures of the world (including us)! I still can't get over it.
I think that PETA has become too righteous and rigid in their thinking. As I said in my letter, how are people supposed to help protect (for example) okapis if they don't even know that they exist!? Obviously these articles and statements don't represent everyone involved with PETA, but to take that stand as an organization is nothing but cruel, shallow and divisive. I find it totally regrettable.
The article on PETA's website is full of judgemental conjecture. It's pathetic. It makes me sad. http://www.helpinganimals.com/f-wildlifewarriors.asp
Are these people so jaded that when someone comes along who is truly in awe with wildlife, who feels and shows such passion and joy in life, that they feel threatened and can't accept them as genuine? What a shame.
In regard to the idea of harrassment, we are all essentially animals coexisting on this planet. We have to be able to live side by side in order for all of us to survive and thrive. I don't see what Steve did as anything other than acceptable and effective and he never lost sight of his purpose, nor did he ever take his experiences for granted! I just saw him in the Macal River Valley in Belize, a threatened ecosystem. http://www.savebiogems.org/macal/
How many "regular" people have ever even heard the name Macal?!! Steve put it into the minds of people all over the world. That awareness increases the chance that we will be able to preserve this fantastic wilderness.
Nature and all of her children have lost their greatest ally! Now it's up to us!
Saturday September 16, 2006, 11:53 pm
I will admit that I am in no way familiar with where PETA stands in this issue. But I must say the author is right. Unless you disagree with rehabilitation centers to begin with, everything he did was necessary and for the betterment of whatever animal. And he always treated them with utmost respect. That's why I liked him. The last scentence IS a bit strong though...
Sunday September 17, 2006, 2:35 pm
And another thing is, PETA keeps giving itself a worse and worse name and makes the animal liberation harder to fight for without being calling a nutcase.
It seems they need to just be quiet sometimes, they never said anything about him before he died right? Exactly.
Sunday September 17, 2006, 6:42 pm
Hi, me again! Someone has started a petition to call for the resignation of Dan Mathews. I posted the link and the petition wording on my share: http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/178764
I also emailed them earlier today. Look at my other share (link on the right hand side of the link posted above^) to see their reply. Geez!
They just keep digging them selves in deeper and deeper...
Sunday September 17, 2006, 7:15 pm
PeTA has always walked a thin line with me. I stopped being supportive of them several years ago due to: what good they initially do, they end up taking 100 steps backwards by the damage they do. They make those of us who work diligently on animal rights, welfare, conservation, and calling attention to their plight - well, PeTA makes those messages ever harder to get out and be taken seriously. These days if you are an activist, people automatically associate you with PeTA...a VERY UNFORTUNATE association. Their heartless, cruel, and uncalled for and WRONG comments about Steve Irwin have further alienated myself and who knows how many others to their cause. Steve is a man to be admired forever, as are the rest of his family.
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