PETA has once again found itself on the wrong side of public opinion after sparking a huge backlash from its tweets criticizing the late Steve Irwin, a much-loved TV presenter and wildlife conservationist who passed away in 2006.

The animal rights group decided to go on the attack on what would've been Irwin's 57th birthday after Google chose to honor the wildlife biologists' memory with one of their 'doodles.'

“Today's Google Doodle celebrates Steve Irwin, the legendary Australian wildlife advocate & TV personality whose bravery & passion opened the eyes of millions to the wonders of wildlife," Google tweeted, alongside a sweet tribute picture of the 'crocodile hunter.' People's reactions were overwhelmingly positive, sharing their favorite memories of the lovable larrikin and some saying they were moved to tears.

However, PETA, with their usual smug, contrarian and joy-killing attitude, was having none of it. "Steve Irwin was killed while harassing a ray," they wrote. "He dangled his baby while feeding a crocodile and wrestled wild animals who were minding their own business. Today's Google Doodle sends a dangerous, fawning message. Wild animals are entitled to be left alone in their natural habitats."

Needless to say, people were far from impressed. While there may be a glimmer of a point in PETA's scandalous statement, Irwin did, of course, dramatize his show by getting quite physical with animals at times, his fans were quick to point out the hypocrisy of PETA. Some highlighted the rate at which PETA kills animals in their shelters and their lack of tangible conservation efforts; Irwin and his family founded and maintain a large conservation sanctuary, contributing to the protection and rehabilitation of thousands of animals, while PETA seems to spend more and more time creating divisive and controversial 'awareness' campaigns.

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2 years ago

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Steve Irwin's family run Australia Zoo, which was opened by Steve's parents Bob and Lyn back in 1970. Steve had helped his parents since childhood to care for crocodiles and reptiles and to maintain the growing number of animals in the zoo. As Steve's TV show grew in popularity and generated extra funds, Steve and his wife Terri put all money raised from filming and merchandise into conservation and building new exhibits.

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2 years ago

Brutus 😍🥰

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2 years ago

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The TV series was called Crocodile Hunter and Steve co-hosted it with his wife Terri. It debuted on Australian TV screens in 1996 and made its way onto North American television the following year. The show soon became successful in the United States, the UK,and over 130 other countries, almost 500 million people came to be familiar with Steve's unique personality. His enthusiastic presenting style, broad Aussie accent, and catchphrases like  "Crikey!" became known all over the world. Sir David Attenborough, the iconic British nature presenter, was also a fan of Steve and credited him for introducing many to the natural world. "He taught them how wonderful and exciting it was, he was a born communicator," he said.

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Kjorn
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2 years ago (edited)

he was an animal lover. like we were all when we were kids. i didn't have steve Irwin when i was Young. i had National Geographic and the O'maha Mutual

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2 years ago

Simple, and to the point, without being nasty or rude. Spot on Mr Hogg. 100% agree.

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Steve was incredibly passionate about animals and conservation, and thought that sharing his excitement about the natural world rather than preaching to people was the best way to promote environmental awareness. He was particularly concerned with the conservation of endangered animals and land clearing, which leads to loss of habitat. He considered conservation to be the most important part of his work: "I consider myself a wildlife warrior. My mission is to save the world's endangered species," he once said.

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Nini Meow
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2 years ago

For the greater good 🤘

Car Alarm
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2 years ago

was that a harry potter reference

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Kjorn
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2 years ago

i add canada here! canada-5c7...575fa4.jpg canada-5c73e59575fa4.jpg

Tammy Allen
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2 years ago

I second the Canadian addition. Fuck Peta

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Bacony
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2 years ago

Bloody 'ell, i'll join too, old chaps!

Lynzi Oliver-Musto
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2 years ago

Indeed, we "Poms" would be delighted to assist. It's about time somebody showed these blighters what for!

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athornedrose
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2 years ago

i am totally here for the anti-peta alliance

Lara Verne
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2 years ago

I add Czech Republic. 255px-Flag...34bcb5.png 255px-Flag_of_the_Czech_Republicsvg-5c746b634bcb5.png

Night Owl
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2 years ago

International power rangers unite!

Carmen Elena
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2 years ago

This peruvian woman wants to join this alliance too.

Luisa Silva Eva
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2 years ago

Portugal joining the alliance too.

Shirin Kamer
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2 years ago

I, an Indian support Steve.

Bunzilla
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2 years ago

Add Canada as well!

Vic
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2 years ago

@PETA, you know you are terrible when you anger a Canadian

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tweetybird
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2 years ago

New Zealand will back you up

Bumblebee
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2 years ago

The Netherlands joining too!

Kim Lorton
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2 years ago

Yep. Plus, Steve never stole pets out of people’s yards ,going through a closed gate, take the pets then euthanize them, before the family can come rescue their pet! PETA did this, and it was on a video! Ethical treatment of animals my ass! I will never align myself with PETA. Doing wrong, to save animals, or being confrontational, doesn’t make what you do, right. EVER.

Karen Klinck
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2 years ago

I truly wish there was a way to put those people out of existence! How did they *ever* get a non-profit status? Isn't there some way to get that revoked? I admit it's a great scam--go non-profit and get people to send you money to live on...

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Janne Ahlgren
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2 years ago

Sweden joins as well.

Cian Thomas McHugh
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1 year ago

And England. I'll bring the tea and biscuits.

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Prakash Khanal
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2 years ago

Here came the Gurkha troop from Nepal.

Akesan
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2 years ago

Add France too we will bring baguette swords for us and you guys to literally beat the living shit outta peta #FuckPETA

John Doe
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2 years ago

I'm a ten yr old American gal but HELL YA MOTHER FUCKAS

Tash McInnes
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2 years ago

I'm from New Zealand. We generally don't like Australia but I am right there with you Aussie!!

Noah Gibson-fowlkes
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1 year ago

us Africans will join too, ill bring the plantains

Deniz Vitvitskiji
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2 years ago

РОССИЯ ПРИСОЕДИНИТСЯ К БИТВЕ

Deniz Vitvitskiji
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2 years ago

(Russia joins the battle)

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Val/Malibu/Dante/Bob
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2 years ago

I’ll bring Venezuela and Argentina

Dinah Afiqah
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2 years ago

ADD SINGAPORE PLEASE

Alliy
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2 years ago

I agree. America joins the alliance

Amazon QT
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2 years ago

Rock on Australia, America, Sweden, Germany, etc. 🔥🔥♥️♥️

Ruth Beaty
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2 years ago

I want to join too, down with false caring about animals.

Super Orca
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2 years ago

yes, finally

Bella Beal
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3 months ago

I’m joining this too!

the Me_greatest
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3 months ago

Boooo peta!

Aaron Evans
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4 months ago

Indians assemble!

M H Trotter
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6 months ago

Count the Kiwis in! 🇳🇿

kickbro smasher
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6 months ago

As an anerican i shall jon in this war against this evil in the name of animals and the legacy of this glorious australian

Elizabeth Ward
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6 months ago

my cats join the war

OMEGA
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6 months ago

the entire world has finally found something to agree on. lets voltron those f*****s

OMEGA
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7 months ago

I'm in!

Hufflepuff girl
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9 months ago

I'll bring the meatballs lmao

Ethan Lin
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9 months ago

where do I join???

Noah Gibson-fowlkes
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1 year ago

the hood shall join you as well

random guy375
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1 year ago

I will also join, I'll pack the extra medkits

Anna Sanchez
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1 year ago

Spain will join the fight!

Jab Brown
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1 year ago

Anti Peta let's go!!!!!!!!!

Ian Taggart
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1 year ago

YEAH!

Shibe Tuber568
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1 year ago

Let’s create a resistance group to destroy peta

Bacony
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2 years ago

I have been assigned to the task of Representing The Florans. We're joining you lot too.

Nabil Hafidz
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2 years ago

Malaysia's joining too

the Lemon Queen
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2 years ago

And I am here to help support my country in this war! *cracks knuckles and pulls out a 17-page essay on why PETA is wrong*

Nathanael Bundy
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2 years ago

Gamers unite.

Foxyloxylou
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2 years ago

Don't forget China! I'll bring the noodles and rice

Naomi Armitage
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2 years ago (edited)

The only thing wrong with this is the lack of country of origin for clap666trap?

Ana M
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2 years ago

From Mexico I will declare war against PETA. Their statements were to far.

PipsqueakTheCatBlob
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2 years ago

New Zealand’s joining as well! Fuck u PETA

Camila Monteiro
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2 years ago

Brazil will be joining too.

Farnaz Khoshbakht
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2 years ago

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2 years ago

Awww

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Steve founded the 'Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation,' which became an independent charity and was later renamed 'Wildlife Warriors Worldwide.' He also helped found 'International Crocodile Rescue, 'the 'Lyn Irwin Memorial Fund' (named in memory of his mother, who died in an automobile crash in 2000), and the 'Iron Bark Station Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility.'

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2 years ago

Nice meme

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Kjorn
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2 years ago

why i'd changed your mind? you're right!

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On the 4th September 2006, Steve was on location at Batt Reef, near Port Douglas, Australia, filming the documentary series Ocean's Deadliest. In his spare time, Steve decided to snorkel in shallow waters while being filmed, he wanted to help get some footage for his daughter, Bindi, and her television programme.

While swimming in chest-deep water, Steve approached a short-tail stingray from the rear, so he could film it swimming away.

According to the incident's only witness, “All of a sudden [the stingray] propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail. Hundreds of strikes in a few seconds”. Irwin initially believed he only had a punctured lung. However, the stingray's barb pierced his heart, causing him to bleed to death. The stingray's behaviour appeared to have been a defensive response to being boxed in.

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

I'm going to assume "What a croc." was an intentional pun :D

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Kaisu Rei
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2 years ago

Peta is a garbage organisation and everyone should stop supporting it, the are plenty of animal's rights organizations you can support that actually care about the animals

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Steve's legacy lives on, through his various conservation organisations and his family, who still own and run Australia Zoo. “We want to make sure that his message of wildlife and conservation continues,” his daughter, Bindi, said. “Because he was the world’s greatest conservationist and we never want that message to die.”

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Kjorn
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2 years ago

sadly it's just a dream!

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Bacony
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2 years ago

MAYA 4 EVER

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Kaisu Rei
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2 years ago

Yep, Peta should stop pretending they care about animals, and they should stop using a dead man in order to make people talk about them

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2 years ago

https://www.change.org/p/people-for-the-ethical-treatment-of-animals-peta-officialize-peta-as-a-hate-terrorist-group-or-change-peta-back-to-its-original-idea-when-they-use-to-care-about-animals/psf/promote_or_share

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Effseven Six
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2 years ago

Yes!!!

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Ruby Brook
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2 years ago

Haha so true. Literally my reaction :P

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Rosie Gal
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2 years ago

True!!!

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Jason Harper
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2 years ago (edited)

Great post. I just sent them $$ too. https://wildlifewarriors.org.au/support/united-states?givalanche=2pLFS5l

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Rosie Gal
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2 years ago

It rly does

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Kaisu Rei
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2 years ago

Exactly, focus on doing your good work for the animals and don't spend energy and time replying to the pieces of shit at Peta

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2 years ago

EXACTLY PETA &*$# OFF

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Susanna Vesna
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2 years ago

Dont insult animals by calling PETA one of them!

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Aileen
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2 years ago

Nice!

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SnoopyCereal
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2 years ago

PETA logic

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Kjorn
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2 years ago

too real to be true

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Rosie Gal
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2 years ago

Lol

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Kjorn
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2 years ago

so real

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Kururi.Orihara
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2 years ago

Please someone tell me PETA lost this case.

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Aria Elizabeth
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2 years ago

Angela Williams you are wrong! He died because the sting ray was just fine swimming with him until the sting ray got spooked by something and Steve was just in the wrong spot.

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