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'This ignorant tribute is a slap in the face': Animal rights organisation PETA slams the Google Doodle honouring Steve Irwin for his 57th birthday

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 2/23/2019 Alisha Buaya For Daily Mail Australia

Steve Irwin, Bindi Irwin are posing for a picture: ''This ignorant tribute is a slap in the face': Animal rights organisation PETA slams the Google oodle honouring Steve Irwin for his 57th birthday. Pictured: Steve with his children Robert (left) and Bindi (right) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited ''This ignorant tribute is a slap in the face': Animal rights organisation PETA slams the Google oodle honouring Steve Irwin for his 57th birthday. Pictured: Steve with his children Robert (left) and Bindi (right)

Animal rights organisation PETA has slammed the Google Doodle tribute to the late Australian conservationist and zookeeper Steve Irwin.

In a statement to Daily Mail Australia on Friday, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said: '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,' she added. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Australia Zoo and Google for comment.

On Friday, Steve's legacy was honoured with an animated slideshow of the Crocodile Hunter's life, work, family and dedication to the protection of Australian wildlife.

His wife Terri Irwin, 54, also wrote an emotional guest post for Google to go with Steve's honorary Google Doodle.

In a statement to Daily Mail Australia on Friday,  PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said: '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'

In a statement to Daily Mail Australia on Friday,  PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said: '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'
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'We are so proud that his legacy lives on, as that was his greatest wish. He once said, "I don't care if I'm remembered, as long as my message is remembered",' Terri wrote.

She said she was so impressed by his enthusiasm at the roadside park in 1991 that she 'just had to speak to him'.

The Irwin matriarch added that talking to him was 'a decision that would change my life forever' and lead to their marriage a year later.

The couple went on to take over Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park in 1991, run by Steve's parents, and developed it into what is now Australia Zoo.

They welcomed two children, Bindi, born in 1998, and Robert, born in 2003, who have also gone on to follow in their father's conservationist footsteps.

Steve's extraordinary life came to a tragic end after a stringray barb struck him in the heart in Batt Reef, Port Douglas, back in 2006. 

The Irwin family now host their own show called Crikey! It's The Irwins, which airs on Animal Planet

Bindi Irwin et al. posing for a giraffe: Continuing Steve's legacy: The Irwin family now host their own show called Crikey! It's The Irwins, which airs on Animal Planet © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Continuing Steve's legacy: The Irwin family now host their own show called Crikey! It's The Irwins, which airs on Animal Planet
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