The combative animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals( PETA)came under fire Friday after implicating Google of sending out a “unsafe, fawning message ” for honoring wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin on what would have been his 57th birthday.
Google commemorated Irwin on Friday with a” Google Doodle” that included illustrations of Irwin with crocodiles and other animals while operating at the Australia Zoo.
But in a tweet, PETA implicated Irwin of bothering animals”who were minding their own organisation.”
The group stated Irwin’s message of safeguarding wildlife was not shown through his actions.
“A genuine wildlife specialist &somebody who appreciates animals for the people they are leaves them to their own organisation in their natural houses,”one tweet read.
PETA later on doubled down on its tweets and released a declaration from its president, Ingrid Newkirk, that read:
“PETA need to ask who commissioned these hazardous, hagiographic animations of a male who passed away while bugging a stingray, hung his child while feeding a crocodile , and “ battled ” wild animals who were minding their own service. This fawning, oblivious homage is a slap in the face to the huge bulk of individuals who acknowledge that wild animals are entitled to be left alone in their natural environments.”
The web rapidly leapt to Irwin’s defense, with some keeping in mind that his appeal led efforts to secure endangered animals.
PETA is understood for its confrontational marketing projects. The group just recently came under fire for its remarks about designer Karl Lagerfeld following his death previously today.