Wednesday, September 20, 2006------------------------------------------------------------------------
Steve Irwin quotes:
"Every cent we earn from Crocodile Hunter goes straight back into conservation. Every single cent."
"Herein lies our problem. If we level that much land to grow rice and whatever, then no other animal could live there except for some insect pest species. Which is very unfortunate."
"See, I've always seen Jacques Cousteau as a hero, mate. He's a legend - like my dad, just a legend. And so what he did for conservation in the '60s through the '70s was just phenomenal."
"So, my tactic with conservation of apex predators is to get people excited and take them to where they live."
"Crikey, mate. You're far safer dealing with crocodiles and western diamondback rattlesnakes than the executives and the producers and all those sharks in the big MGM building." (my favorite)
I didn't talk much about the loss of Steve Irwin because he is near and dear to my heart. I cried when I heard of his death too. I remember sitting with my kids and watching him on TV when they were growing up. Eric does such an awesome imitation of Steve. He used to crack me up whenever we were taking trips in the car doing them. I'll have to get him to do that again next time he visits.
Like I told you before (I think?), Eric has spent the last month in the mountains with the 3/7 learning to fight in that terrain. 'Playing in the snow' as many in the 3/7 family calls it. Eric will be home (in 29 Palms) this week and I know his girlfriend Patty is anxiously awating his arrival. I know I am eager to talk to him. Been a long month.
In light of Steve Irwin's memorial service today in Australia, I ran across the most distressing (in my eyes, INCORRECT) information on the PETA website today. As an animal lover and a believer in the fact that we should treat them humanely, it was shocking to see what PETA had to say about Steve. First, for those of us that didn't have the luxury of being able to watch the memorial service, click below to see Bindi Irwin's tribute and farewell to her famous father. Then you can click on the back button to return here and hear the ... rest of the story.
Bindi Irwin's Tribute to her Father, Steve
PETA ... oh PETA ... what can I say. It started out orginally as a good honest organization created by people that truly cared for not only animals ... but other people as well. I am afraid to say that I am now totally convinced that this is no longer true. They have lost any remaining support I may have had for them (I was already dismayed by some of the actions of PETA the last few years, although they do actually help in some cases), not only because of the scathing article that blasts Steve Irwin (as well as other famous naturalists), but because of other things as well such as the extremist attitudes they have engendered and embraced. But you can click the link below to read for yourself what PETA has to say. Needless to say I wrote them an email letting them know how disappointed I was in this. . If you want to comment to them on this .. use this email address firstname.lastname@example.org .
In refuting what PETA has to say I don't think in any way that Steve ever sought to become the star he was. His goal was simple, to educate us and help animals however he could. He couldn't help that it made him famous doing it. That is just who he was. They [PETA] intimate that when he would wrestle with a croc and restrain it to move it safely he was just doing it to get it on tape. That NEVER happened. They never moved animals like unless they had to in order to protect them or save their lives, then they would tape it while it was done. In no way did I ever see the Irwins mistreat or show cruelty to animals. They handled them humanely and as little as possible. The animals they brought to shows were raised in captivity and probably had a better life than those in the wild. And to equate human emotions to animals like PETA does is, in my eyes at least, a sin. I am seeing clearly now that in PETA's opinions, keeping your dog locked in the house or on a chain is cruelty. No matter that if I let my beloved Luke run loose he would become road-gel almost immediately. I can tell you for certain, my dog is living a GOOD life that will be a lot longer because of my cruelty of keeping him from living in the wild. And HE is happy about it too. And God forbid if you have a parrot, or a hamster, or a horse ... better box it up and ship it back to Africa or the Amazon or whereever it came from orginally because it isn't happy where it is! I knew PETA had gotten a little extreme lately .. but to use the death of Steve Irwin to forward their cause is obscene.
Steve and his wife, Terri also put most of the money he made back into what he loved ... animals.
Rest In Peace Steve ... we believed in what you were doing.
PETA's shameful article that talks about Steve Irwin: http://www.helpinganimals.com/f-wildlifewarriors.asp
Sad Sad day that someone that brought so much attention to endangered animals and did so much to promote the love and information about animals would be atttacked this way. I know that Steve and his wife and family did more to help animals than many of us could ever dream to. Shame on you PETA.
Semper Fi and God bless you all, even PETA