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Irwin Fans Accused of Stingray Revenge Killings

Thursday, September 14th, 2006 at 12:45 by Sarah Malaise

Police in Australia are investigating allegations that several dead stingrays washed up on two beaches in recent days were killed by fans of the late Steve Irwin.

More than ten of the fish have been found, some with their tails hacked off, since Irwin was fatally injured last week. Police and wildlife authorities in Queensland are concerned that fans of crocodile botherer and naturalist Irwin are taking their own revenge against the species which killed their hero.

Environmental Minister Ian Campbell has urged people to leave the normally placid fish alone, encouraging them to respect rather than fear them, and reiterating the message of Irwin??s family and friends that killing the creatures would have been the last thing he would have wanted.

“Leaving aside the senseless cruelty of these acts, people need to remember that cutting the tails from these animals exposes you to danger,” Campbell reminded the public.

We at TheSlant are reluctant to encourage the mindless persecution of dumb animals, but we might make an exception for the sort of barbarous nutters who might choose to mark the death of a fanatical conservationist with such pointless brutality.

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One Comment on “Irwin Fans Accused of Stingray Revenge Killings”

  1. Jislizard Says:

    I don’t know what all the fuss is about, I have been pulling the tails off stingrays, cats and dogs for years. I used to pull the wings off flies but they don’t make the same noise as puupies do.

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