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2006-09-10

Crikey

Germaine Greer in The Guardian on Steve Irwin:
"The only creatures he couldn't dominate were parrots. A parrot once did its best to rip his nose off his face. Parrots are a lot smarter than crocodiles."

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"What Irwin never seemed to understand was that animals need space. The one lesson any conservationist must labour to drive home is that habitat loss is the principal cause of species loss. There was no habitat, no matter how fragile or finely balanced, that Irwin hesitated to barge into, trumpeting his wonder and amazement to the skies. There was not an animal he was not prepared to manhandle. Every creature he brandished at the camera was in distress."

This was the seemingly sole voice of reason among the glowing obituaries all over the place hailing the "Crocodile Hunter" as a hero and a conservationist of wild life.

2 comments:

  1. I've watched a *lot* of Steve Irwin shows with my kids, and in my view he really deserves the glowing obituaries. His style grabs the attention of younger viewers brilliantly, and the conservation message always comes through loud and clear. Thanks to Steve (really) I now live with two "rabid" conservationists, ages 6 and 4. Multiply that, around the globe! The world really is poorer for his loss.

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  2. I'm not sure how much you know of Steve Irwin outside his appearances on Film and Television.

    From a news.com.au article

    His empire poured money back into film productions, his Australia Zoo and property purchases. He had conservation projects in Fiji, Vanuatu and the US, and was continually buying tracts of land to reinstate endangered fauna. Estimates are of more than 24,300ha of conservation property in Australia.

    I also know Steve Irwin was completely against the killing/culling of crocodiles prefering removal. He also publicly compained against increased game hunting in Australia.

    You may not agree with his 'manhandling' of animals but I think this needs to be weighed up against his other works. Whilst Germain Greer rightly points out that habitat loss is the principle cause for loss of species it would have been proper to acknowlege Steve Irwins contribution in this area.

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