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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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In response to the "not a big shock that he died posters",
I guess the shock comes from him being such a genuinely nice guy, with an amazing love for animals(dangerous or not), that had an amazing amount of charisma and charm and really seemed to know what he was doing, giving you the feeling that perhaps nothing like this would actually happen him.

I guess you could compare it to someone's family member or friend going into the military, a police officer, a firefighter, just because it's a dangerous line of work, doesn't make it any less shocking or painful when something like this happens. There was nothing shameless or needless about what he did all his life, some people are born for things perhaps you can't wrap your head around. Please however, show some respect for him, he educated and entertained- he IS this generations Jacque Cousteau or Jack Hanna and shouldn't be condemned for doing what he loved. Perhaps you should read about who he was and what he actually before you just generalizing him as a 'just a Reality TV Star'.

2926 days ago


I think Steve Irwin has done a lot more for animals and conservation than PETA will ever accomplish. Steve never mistreated any animal and would even stop filming if he thought an animal was overly agitated. His work gave more recognition to predatory animals and not the cutesy animals one usually finds on animal shows. PETA will never get one dime from me, but I will donate money in honor of Steve Irwin.

2926 days ago

Robert R. McArthur II    

If you think PETA is bad for what they said about Steve Irwin. Go to this link and look at what they do to the animals they claim to love so much!!!

2926 days ago


PETA: What a bunch of low lives. Sub-humans to trash Steve Irwin!! No one in their right minds would support your full of @#%& organization.

2926 days ago


I've just sent off my letter! Hopefully everyone else will too!

2926 days ago


No, Nathan, PETA does not have a point. And we are talking about animal rights, and not human rights. Peta does not care, they never have, they never will. They only care to pass along their doctrine, of no pet ownership. They want all dogs and cats neutered, they want a limit as to what each household can have, final end - no domesticated animals. Think about it, if we continue to neuter, continue to spay, then there will be no more. They are all ready accomblishing this with exotic pet ownership. They have infiltrated our local governments, making themselves a nuisance, a organization who has become so powerful, that our local governments fear them. As far as they are concerned, you do not have a right to own any animal in your possession, whether it is a goldfish, a hamster, rabbit, dog or a cat.. Soon coming to your area, I can bet they have started with pushing legislation in regards to you only be allowed to own 3 dogs and 2 cats, you must have them licensed, so they can see where you live, and they must be neutered and spayed. They are making their demands, our legislation is believing them, and your right to own what ever animal you chose, or how many you chose, is being taken away. Do you think in this land of Freedom - America, that you have a choice? no, you do not have a choice. They are making your choices for you. Investigate Peta before you support them.

2926 days ago


PETA is so f-ing retarded. This is why I hate vegans. Not only do they try to shove their beliefs down our throats, but they always say animal lives are worth more than humans. I mean are they thinking about his family?? It's ridiculous. I hope Dan Matthews chokes on a carrot.

2926 days ago


PETA is nothing but a bunch of blood sucking leaches that take MONEY and say its is to protect animals they are no more the a Political front for money laundering.

Here is a real animal cause to give to

Steve world want it that way.

2926 days ago


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,

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 died because of him? Change my mind....I
don't think you can!
Shame on you where were your comments before
he met his maker?

2926 days ago


Anytime I saw Irwin's act I thought to myself that he would not live a long life. The guy terrorized wildlife.

2926 days ago


there is no comparison but Phillip Costeau, Jacques grandson wasON THE BOAT w/Steve Irwin while filming this episode. I would think if phillip saw any danager anytime he would have stepped up.
He was on Larry King last night(cnn)and said STEVE DID NOTHING WRONG.

2926 days ago


Leigh, that just proves the point that you have no idea what he was all about. Seriously, you people should try wikipedia, it's brilliant!

2926 days ago

patricia daly    

Leave Peta alone! If it weren't for Peta most people wouldn't even know about the abuses of animals in the world. Because of Peta most people have heard about the suffering of animals on fur farms, in factory farms, in labortories. They have to grab headlines to keep their information out there. Unfortunately, that's the way most people pay attention anymore. If it weren't for Peta we wouldn't know half of the horrendous suffering of animals going on behind our back. Give them a break!!!!!!

2926 days ago


the people at PETA are nuts...they consider eating eggs to be murder. Bunch of fruitcakes!

2926 days ago

Johnny B    

Way to go PETA... your stock is really going up bashing a dead man that did more for the understanding and treatment of animals since Diane Fosse. Why don't you guys go ambush another celeb. A**holes!

2926 days ago
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