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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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46.

becky    

Yes Very Nice Peta.. Trust you bunch of Jerks to speak ill of the dead.. Keep your damned mouths shut for a change.. Steve will always be loved and remembered..

2929 days ago
47.

Zip    

It appears to be true that Anna Nichole's Smith's son has past away. Reuters is confirming the story...but they say her 20 year old son died on Sunday, 3 days after the birth of her daughter!!!

2929 days ago
48.

p1tey1    

I have lost what little respect I had for PETA.

Its because of Steve Irwin that I have the love and respect that I do for animals. And for someone representing PETA to badmouth him after he is dead I feel is in poor taste.

2929 days ago
49.

anna12    

PETA... what a joke. Your company is based upon protecting animals right? Then why are you bashing Steve Irwin? He gave everything that he had to protecting animals and raising money to save them. As far as I am concerend all that PETA does is sit around looking at tabloids trying to find pictures of celebs in fur so that they can publicly bash them, be perverts and make women pose half naked for campaign photos (Pam Anderson) and bash the dead. Here is an idea PETA, why don't you try to do what Steve irwin did instead of sitting on your ass.

2929 days ago
50.

Zip    

Thanks for posting Sherri...The Drudge Report doesn't even have anything up yet...
I had to e-mail them the story!!! This is very sad. I heard that Daniel was a very nice person who did'nt seek the spot light. Very shy!!! Here is wishing you a peaceful journey.

2929 days ago
51.

John    

We should all remember to trash all PETA people when they die also, its the best time to be a naysayer, and full of negative sentiments. This is pathetic publicity, and if PETA needs publicity this badly, they need a reality check.

2929 days ago
52.

Angie    

The comments made by PETA were horrible and totally insensitive to his family!! I'm really shocked. Everyone on this sight should write PETA and complain! Email PETA @ Info@peta.org or call 757-622-peta.

The statemants made by this gentleman are out of line. Let's all come together and let him know. If this statement was made today, I'm even more mad. Today is 9/11 and we should be coming together as a nation, not making rude comments about the dead!!

2929 days ago
53.

JoAnne    

To PETA and Mathews!!

If Steve Irwin taught us anything at all, it was how to love, understand and respect all creatures of the earth NOT antagonize them. Mathews, know your facts before you state them. You're an ignorant, glory seeking ass!

2929 days ago
54.

duran36@sbcglobal.net    

MAN THEY SUCK. STEVE WAS MY FAVORITE PERSON ON TV. THEY JUST DON'T KNOW HOW TO STAY SHUT AND LET THE DEAD REST IN PEACE. MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS WIFE, 2 CHILDREN AND THE REST OF HIS FAMILY. HE WAS A BEAUTIFUL MAN. HE LOVED THE ANIMALS. I KNOW HE IS SATISFIED BECAUSE HE DIED DOING SOMETHING THAT HE LOVED. "WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU STEVE!"

2929 days ago
55.

get a life people    

sherri that is what i said her son.....not her little new born girl

2929 days ago
56.

duran36@sbcglobal.net    

THANKS ANGIE FOR COMMENT #37, I AM DEFINATELY GOING TO EMAIL THEM RIGHT NOW. THEY ARE STUPID FOR SAYING THAT AND THEY SHOULD KNOW IT FROM ALL OF US. AND FOR AMY, #38, ARE YOU INSANE. THEY REALLY SHOWED US RIGHT NOW THAT THEY DON'T RESPECT THE DEAD, SO WHAT IS GOING TO MAKE ME THINK THEY RESPECT ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2929 days ago
57.

Bloo    

I think the PETA is a worthless group. Steve Irwin was a bit extreme but he promoted conservation of animals and he did things that other people wouldn't do and I think that doing things a little different isn't bad but yes he was put in more dangerous situations but the thing is to protect wild animals and find out more about them you gotta get a little closer sometimes. He did it so others wouldn't have to. He loved animals a lot and although im not surprised that he died at the hands of a wild animal i'm sad because I took a great interest in caring about wild animals because of him.

2929 days ago
58.

Zip    

Is there anyway on here to e-mail breaking stories to TMZ and its staff, directly...like the sad Anna Nichole Smith story???

2929 days ago
59.

chris    

The world can not afford to lose people like Steve Irwin. PETA are a bunch of idiots who are only concerned with how much controversy they can stir up; even at the expense of Irwins tragic and untimely death.

2929 days ago
60.

duh...totally !    

I just read about Anna's son passing away too....found dead at the hospital she had given birth at 3 days earlier...strange and sad...and of course under investigation......

2929 days ago
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