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Croc Hunter Gets No Tears From PETA

9/11/2006 9:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Steve Irwin mugs for the cameras.Fans the world over have been mourning the tragic death of Steve Irwin, but not, evidently, the animal lovers at PETA.

This morning, the animal lovers group's Dan Mathews says that it's "no shock at all" that Irwin died the way he did, and he's also branded Irwin a "cheap reality TV star."

Irwin died last week after being impaled by a stingray while filming a TV documentary, and was buried Saturday in a private ceremony on Saturday at the Australia Zoo, the animal park where he and his family tended lovingly to hundreds of creatures. But despite his reputation as a naturalist and conservationist, the Crocodile Hunter's on-screen antics clearly irked the animal lovers at PETA, according to MSNBC's Jeannette Walls.

"He made a career out of antagonizing frightened wild animals," says PETA's Mathews, "which is a very dangerous message to send to kids." And Mathews sniffs that Irwin's career wasn't particularly impressive – at least not to him: "If you compare him with a responsible conservationist like Jacques Cousteau, he looks like a cheap reality TV star."


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Teresa    

Peta.....what a class act. Speaking ill of the dead. You should have kept it to yourself. If you can't say something nice.....

2862 days ago
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Tz    

That would be offensive if PETA had any credibility whatsoever.

2862 days ago
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get a life people    

WOW PETA why to go.....You have to wait until the poor man is gone to trash him.....I hope his family doesn't hear about this...........

2862 days ago
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A MY SPACE FRIEND    

PETA is a joke.......go eat a chicken leg and mind your own business......

2862 days ago
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Sue    

I support the mission of eliminating animal cruelty, but organizations like PETA who don't show compassion towards the 2-legged animal do a huge disservice to those that believe compassion for all is the ultimate goal.

2862 days ago
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Eileen    

Really...what good does it do now to bash him. He was an idol to many. Keep your comments to yourself!

2862 days ago
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Trish    

Looks like PETA is at it again. I can only imagine how many donations they're going to lose over this. RIP Steve

2862 days ago
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muybonita    

It's ironic that PETA and that dyke feminist couldn't make these comments while Steve was alive and could defend himself. All their comments are doing now is hurting his family. I think Steve Irwin brought hundreds of thousands of kids, and adults, to learn more about these animals and respect them. PETA's comments just make them look cheap.

2862 days ago
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Rane    

PETA...making such negative comments about someone whom the world loved is NOT a way to promote your cause. Instead, it makes us know you're all about the "commotion" you stir and not the animals after all. Steve Irwin taught us all to respect nature. Obviously PETA missed that fact. Pitiful!

2862 days ago
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lily    

How can people be so cruel? The man is gone. They can't hurt him. Theyr'e hurting his family. How dare they make theyr'e insensitive remarks public. Where is theyr'e heart to do this? These Peta people are a bunch of nutsos who have no feelings at all. My heart goes out to Steves family that not only has to deal with his death but then has to listen to this crap.

2862 days ago
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nat    

I have always hated PETA, I love animals, but I HATE PETA, they suck as humans

2862 days ago
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Sherri    

Real nice..... I've always been a supporter of PETA.... I can't wait to shop for snake skin boots and a fur coat for the winter... My donations are history!

2862 days ago
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get a life people    

Did anybody hear about Anna Nicole Smith? Her son died yesterday...Three days after she gave birth to a little girl....Very sad...I can't imagine losing a child...

2862 days ago
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Team Minnillo    

Indeed PETA is a complete contradiction to state they protect and care for animals, yet show no compassion to another human being's death, regardless if they agree with Mr. Irwin's tactics or not - PETA in itself is an embarrassment to the animal world by their unethical approach to shoving their so-called beliefs in people's faces with blood-smearing messages.

As an animal lover and fan of Steve Irwin, I despise PETA and don't support them simply b/c of their tasteless approach to spreading their platform; how dare they refer to Mr. Irwin as a cheap reality star when in fact he has a greater following than PETA does, they continue to irk so many.

Steve Irwin, your work is done and will be passed on, your legacy will never die.

2862 days ago
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Lila    

Who is Mathews? He couldn't tell Steve Irwin to his face. He had to wait until he died, and couldn't defend himself. What a creep. And, Peta must be very proud of him.

2862 days ago
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