Monday, September 04, 2006

PETA Pan

I don't want this post to be confused with the ramblings of the fools from PETA. They are dangerously ignorant people who confuse the convenience of a grocery store with Nazi atrocities. In no way do I support them and their often offensive rhetoric.

However, I need to comment on the death of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin. While I certainly don't rejoice in the untimely death of anyone, I have to suggest that Irwin got what was coming to him. Could anything be more self-evident than the idea that playing with and taunting wild animals can get you killed?

How many times does this have to happen before people stop doing these insanely dangerous gags? The Crocodile Hunter is just the latest casualty in a list that includes Roy Horn and Gunter and Ernst.

Once again, the mainstream media fails to inform as many outlets suggest Irwin was killed while filming a stunt with an animal that wasn't especially dangerous. That is obviously not true. If it were, Irwin would still be alive. The fact is that all wild animals are dangerous. Some are simply more likely to flee than fight. Humans are supposed to be smarter than that.

3 Comments:

Blogger Margaret said...

I was not a huge fan of the guy but you can't really put him in the same class as Sigfreid and Roy. The guy was a showman but he didn't handle animals for pure entertainment purposes. He was actually anti-hunting of crocks as I recall. This thing with the stingray sounded like a pure accident to me, that he didn't know it was there when he swam too close to it. About as likely as a diving accident in his line of work which one of Jacques Cousteau's sons died from.

1:38 AM  
Anonymous Socal Bill said...

Jeez, get off his arse!! He lived his life as he wanted. Ya know, some people spend their life in front of a computer running a stupid blog. Crickey! What a waste of time!

11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you have a huge misunderstanding about exactly what Steve Irwin did for a living.

Irwin did not 'taunt' animals. His tv shows were educational, and intended to showcase animals in the best light. He devoted his life to protecting animals.

While he had a risky job, there are many occupations which are risky.

Farming, for instance, is a risky job---in fact, farmers are generally exempt from many of the occupational safety laws.

Irwin was actually making a film about stingrays which was very sympathetic and educational, and he did not 'taunt' the stingray when it stung him.

I'm surprised at your position about all of this---you sound more like Al-Jazeera with your "he had it coming, he must have done something to anger the Muslims" rhetoric.

11:48 PM  

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