PETA Tried To Drag Steve Irwin And Crikey, The Internet Attacked

One thing you should know about the late Steve Irwin (“The Crocodile Hunter”) is that his fans are more than happy to go to the mat for him. They love him and his whole family (who are also all involved in wildlife preservation) and will stick up for him and his reputation if someone tries to malign him. PETA learned this when they responded to a tweet sent out by GoogleDoodle’s account.

Google remembered Irwin on February 22, his birthday, with a doodle on their homepage and a cartoon slideshow of his life.

Irwin’s fans loved it and replied to the GoogleDoodles Twitter account with all sorts of ~big feelings~ about their childhood hero.

One group that wasn’t feeling it, though, was PETA.

They responded to the GoogleDoodle tweet by writing, “#SteveIrwin was killed while harassing a ray; he dangled his baby while feeding a crocodile & wrestled wild animals who were minding their own business. Today’s #GoogleDoodle sends a dangerous, fawning message. Wild animals are entitled to be left alone in their natural habitats.”

They followed that up by tweeting, “Steve Irwin’s actions were not on target with his supposed message of protecting wildlife. A real wildlife expert & someone who respects animals for the individuals they are leaves them to their own business in their natural homes.”

And, not content to leave it at that, they sent a tweet reading, “It is harassment to drag exotic animals, including babies taken from their mothers, around from TV talk shows to conferences & force them to perform as Steve Irwin did. Animals deserve to live as they want to, not as humans demand—the #GoogleDoodle should represent that.”

If you’ll just take a gander at the ratios on those tweets from PETA, you’ll see that the responses far outnumber the likes and retweets. People had a LOT to say, and most of it was decidedly not good. For example, people weren’t super into PETA’s history of killing animals.

The dragging went on forever, and it continued to be brutal.

Many people pointed out that they had been inspired by Steve Irwin. Not so many had been inspired by PETA.

Hatred of PETA actually managed to, however temporarily, unite the left and right despite horrible political unrest.

So if you ever find yourself stuck in a conversation with someone who doesn’t share the same political views as you, just bring up PETA!

h/t: Someecards

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Written by Dean

Dean Altman is a writer living in NYC.