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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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61.

ROBIN    

OOOOh PETA......you screwed up big time! DO NOT take shots at someone that has past away! You are spineless and really a bad show of class.

2873 days ago
62.

steph    

PETA is a bunch of psychos....i love animals but PETA is on some other s***...PETA u are nothing but a bunch of bastards trying to brainwash people with ur weird ass views...Steve we all know you LOVED animals...they were ur passion...they were ur LIFE....Rest in Peace

2873 days ago
63.

Jacki    

PETA SUCKS! What a wuss speaking ill of the dead!

2873 days ago
64.

duh...totally !    

...also, glad to hear Fergie kicked her Meth habit...but geez! never would have guessed that one!
doesn't she have a daughter? what's the deal ?

.....and Kristen C. drinks??? I am shocked!!! j/k.....she practically lives at a bar....what a dips**!...are her 15 min. up yet????/

2873 days ago
65.

get a life people    

A 20-year-old resident of California died suddenly while visiting his celebrity mother in the Maternity Ward of Doctors Hospital in Nassau, Bahamas.

Daniel Smith was found dead on the hospital’s premises sometime after 9 a.m. Sunday. While an autopsy will determine the exact cause if death, the son of model and actress, 38-year-old Anna Nicole Smith reportedly suffered a massive heart attack.

Anna Nicole, star of reality show, was in hospital after giving birth in The Bahamas to a healthy baby girl.

The police at first called the death “suspicious” and promised that an investigation would be carried out

2873 days ago
66.

Travis Bickle    

I wish it had been Paris Hilton who got stung in the heart and not me. As much as i might look like a bloke on TV, I as actually a caring family man who was down to earth and wanted to give something to the world unlike Paris who is just interested in herself and ridiculing others.

2873 days ago
67.

homegirl101    

PETA is against the treatment and abuse of animals, something clearly Steve Irwin, was not about, I'm sure the idea that he would [live by the sword] die by the sword, was in hindsight always ,as he did appear to be a man of intelligence. He took that risk, TRUE

Matthews on the other hand, referring to him as REALITY TV, maybe so....enjoyed by millions, Isn't MTV unplugged a form of Reality TV?
How else would you depict wildlife in a show i.e.. National Geographic? Are they next...

PETA has gone too far, Go to Canada, and stop the slaughter of baby seals, Current Rolling Stone Issue re: the boycotting of seafood from Canada...there's a place you and Dave can address some real issues!
Tell me about an animal that has abused, or died because of Steve? Change my mind....I don't think you can!
Shame on you where were your comments before he met his maker?

2873 days ago
68.

N    

I hope the backlash PETA experiences is overwhelming and extremely painful to their pocketbook. Jerkoffs. Animal protection is a great idea but PETA goes over the top and comes off looking like a bunch of nutcases 9.9 times out of 10. They remind me of the whackos that stand outside of abortion clinics "in the name of life" and then pull out a weapon to kill the doctors and nurses that work there. Crazy people. Go to hell PETA. I hope Irwin's poor wife doesn't let this kind of toxic drool from the mouth bother her.

2873 days ago
69.

duh...totally !    

very sad news about Daniel.....

RIP

2873 days ago
70.

sam    

No one in their right mind can disagree with this statement. It's not an attack on the "man" himself but against his tactics. Sorry, we all loved Steve but no one was shocked that he was killed by one of the creatures he was filming. We're just surprised it wasn't a deadly snake or a crocodile. If you say differently I’d have to question your ability for rationale thinking.

True Statement:
>> "If you compare him with a responsible conservationist like Jacques Cousteau, he looks like a cheap reality TV star."

Again I like Steve bunches, but this was expected.

2873 days ago
71.

Terry    

The world has gone mad! People need to get back to the basics. Steve Irwin, only helped the world respect animals, and had fun doing it. He deserves respect in his next life. I hope PETA doesn't miss any donations over this. Their message to the public doesn't deserve any respect, or donations. Hopefully people will remember the comment when deciding who they support.

Life is short, and Steve enjoyed every minute of it. PETA it not the one that needs to judge. Hope they enjoy their life as fully as Steve did. Hope his children grow up with the same attitude he had. The world has lost a wonderful person, and I think his fans know that, no matter what PETA has to say about it.

2873 days ago
72.

Ed Gomez    

Screw PETA!! What have they done to conserve nature or preserve wildlife? Most PETA members are ill informed youths led by some very rigid intolerant militant radicals who often use terrorist tactics to further their agenda. They have no call to insult the memory of Steve Irwin just because he used entertainment to inform and enlighten the public about the beauty and value of animals that are typically loathed due to ignorance and fear. PETA uses celebrities and rock musicians to entice impressionable youngsters to swallow whole their militant misanthropic world view. I am totally against cruelty towards all living beings but any fanatical ideology is dangerous and counterproductive to effect positive change. Get a sense of humor and quit taking yourselves so damn serious PETA.

2873 days ago
73.

Yo MomMa    

P.E.T.A. Is Nothing But A Cult, Don't Get Me Wrong I Am An Animal Lover But The Things That Come Out Of Some Of These Unheard Of No Faced People Across The Country Is Just Ridiculos, Dan Mathews They Need To Hunt You Down And Skin You Alive!!!

2873 days ago
74.

Ebony    

For all those that support PETA perhaps you should queue on your netflix a show called Penn and Teller's Bullsh*t. The episode about PETA on the season two disc really opened up my eyes!

2873 days ago
75.

Angie    

Do disrespect Zapzip, but when you make negative statements about a dead man it IS an attack. Especially sice he can't defend himself. I agree that I didn't think he would go by a stingray, rather a croc or snake. Your statement that you said was true is merely an opinion. For something to be true, it needs to be a fact.
Maybe they were different, but that doesn't make him a cheap reality show. With the word cheap in that statement it makes it personal and offensive. If he were alive I'm sure he would consider it an attack. I would. If anyone put down the thing I've spent time and money on, I would certainly consider it an attack on me.

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