PETA Statement on Steve Irwin Google Doodle

For Immediate Release:
February 22, 2019

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in response to today’s Google Doodle of Steve Irwin:

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.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, a supremacist view of the world. For more information, visit PETA.org.

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