Internet Rips PETA A New One Over Their Steve Irwin Tweet
PETA have copped an almighty backlash after they thought that dragging Australian conservation treasure Steve Irwin, on what would’ve been his 57th birthday, was a good idea.
On Friday, Google gave The Crocodile Hunter the ‘doodle’ treatment to celebrate the conservationist’s birthday:
CRIKEY!— Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) February 22, 2019
Today's #GoogleDoodle celebrates #SteveIrwin, the legendary Australian wildlife advocate & TV personality whose bravery & passion opened the eyes of millions to the wonders of wildlife. 🐊
Explore the full slideshow Doodle here → https://t.co/z8PPgDaXfr pic.twitter.com/mGtpwSuqzL
Irwin died in 2006 when a stingray barb pierced his heart while diving off Port Douglas in Queensland.
Thing is, the animal rights group thought it was a perfect opportunity to tweet to its million-plus followers that Irwin "was killed while harassing a ray” and that the Google doodle "sends a dangerous, fawning message."
#SteveIrwin 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. https://t.co/9JfJiBhGLw— PETA (@peta) February 22, 2019
But they didn't stop there.
It is harassment to drag exotic animals, including babies taken from their mothers, around from TV talk shows to conferences & 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.— PETA (@peta) February 23, 2019
The internet wasted no time in responding… and it was brutal.
I supported @peta with a fixed amount of money every month.— TheFatRat (@ThisIsTheFatRat) February 23, 2019
That was until I read this tweet.
PETA is an embarrassment to animal rights— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) February 23, 2019
I feel it’s safe to assume that I speak for all Aussie’s when I say this, PETA you fucked up real bad and talking shit about our beautiful Steve is like a personal and vicious attack on every single Aussie......you just started war with an entire country!— Mum thats a bad word! (@Christielee2806) February 23, 2019
I'm an Australian wildlife rescue volunteer. #SteveIrwin and his family gave an awful lot of quiet, unpublicised support to organisations like mine. He was a serious conservationist & did the hard & unglamourous work required. PETA are attention-seeking posers by comparison— Greg (@humbleminion) February 23, 2019
Delete your account https://t.co/cMben7xHNx— Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) February 22, 2019
Where is your habitat for saving animals? You have a wildlife preserve anywhere? Do you have 1,000's of acres preserving animals from extinction?— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) February 23, 2019
Steve Irwin spent his whole life wanting to save animals. Ya'll are becoming "progressively" pathetic.
What a croc.
May the spirit of Steve Irwin haunt them with possessed crocodiles.... pic.twitter.com/D0ydpwpRt9— DeVon2112 (@DeVon_FNMfan2K8) February 23, 2019