PETA is at it again with another publicity-seeking stunt, this time going after the late Steve Irwin, calling him an animal "harasser" on Twitter.
The animal rights campaign organisation has been facing an intense backlash online after criticising Google’s decision to honour the Australian conservationist on his 57th birthday with a Google Doodle.
To pay tribute to his legacy, Google Doodle released a bunch of touching illustrations on Friday, celebrating the Crocodile Hunter’s conservation efforts and achievements.
Today’s #GoogleDoodle celebrates #SteveIrwin, the legendary Australian wildlife advocate & TV personality whose bravery & passion opened the eyes of millions to the wonders of wildlife
Today's #GoogleDoodle celebrates #SteveIrwin, the legendary Australian wildlife advocate & TV personality… https://t.co/yAsUWfE7oH
PETA's president Ingrid Newkirk added to the fire by issuing an additional statement, which read:
PETA must ask who commissioned these dangerous, hagiographic cartoons of a man who died while harassing a stingray, dangled his baby while feeding a crocodile, and 'wrestled' wild animals who were minding their own business
This fawning, ignorant tribute is a slap in the face to the vast majority of people who acknowledge that wild animals are entitled to be left alone in their natural habitats
As expected, people were quick to fire back, reminding the organisation about the Irwin family's relentless efforts in wildlife preservation and animal protection.
@peta There have been few people who have done more for wildlife conservation and education than the Irwin family. You owe them an apology.