Monday, September 04, 2006

Crocodile Hunter

I can't say that I've been a huge fan of Steve Irwin's but if I happen to be flipping the channel and he was on, I would almost always watch it for a bit. He was entertaining and fun and most importantly he was an animal activist and conservationist. I read that he donated the majority of his fortune (millions) to animal causes and for preservations and that he lived a rather humble lifestyle. It's very sad, this planet Earth lost a warrior.

I found this quote from him:
"These Hitlers use the camouflage of science to make money out of animals... So whenever they murder our animals and call it sustainable use, I'll fight it. Since when has killing a wild animal, eating it or wearing it, ever saved a species?

There are people who butt out their cigarettes in gorilla-paw ashtrays, with wastepaper baskets that were once elephant feet, who have ivory ornaments… who wear cheetah fur.Don't buy these things! Then there'll be no market and the animals won't be killed.

We have domesticated livestock raised for consumption and perfectly good fake leather and fur, so why must we kill wild animals to satisfy the macabre taste of some rich person?"

3 comments:

Stinkypaw said...

I felt the same about him, I had a lot of respect for him and what he did... He will be missed.

3carnations said...

I never much enjoyed watching him put himself at risk with the animals. That tends to make me uncomfortable. We do, however, have a video of him doing an Outback Adventure with the Wiggles, and his daughter is on there, and he is being silly and singing, and that is really nice. I feel so terrible for his family.

PreppyGirl said...

What a horrible thing. I feel so badly for the family too. See ya later, alligator.