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Irwin Fans Take Revenge on Stingrays?
In the period of time since Steve Irwin was killed after being attacked by a stingray, at least ten stingrays have been found dead on the East coast of Australia, news sources report.

Many of the stingrays have had their tails cut off. Government officials are investigating, and say there could be prosecutions.

There is no proof that the incidents are related to Mr Irwin, but a quote from a spokesman for the Fisheries Department said that fishermen who inadvertently caught stingrays sometimes cut off their tails to avoid being stung, but such a practice was uncommon.

Michael Hornby, executive director of Mr Irwin's Wildlife Warrior fund, condemned any revenge killings.

"We just want to make it very clear that we will not accept and not stand for anyone who's taken a form of retribution. That's the last thing Steve would want," he said.

"I hope everyone understands we have to protect wildlife now more than ever. This is what Steve was all about."

(Thanks, Dave.)
Animals
Posted by Boo on Thu Sep 14, 2006
Saddly enough, I wouldn't doubt this being true.

Fans do really weird and stupid thigns... and killing stingrays seems like something they'd do. (as per seen on various sites with people who jokingly said to take revenge on stingrays were taken seriously)
Posted by Mera  on  Thu Sep 14, 2006  at  06:37 PM
Seems likely that fishermen are just being more careful after such a horrific and high-profile death.
Posted by Kevan  on  Thu Sep 14, 2006  at  08:02 PM
Oh, this is true... others have taken to kicking crocs, as in Crocodile Punters, ruining the self esteem of big cats, as in Lion Shamers, hitting elephants, as in Pachy Smackers, even squishing our feathered friends in the inseam...of our...pants... as in Bird Crotching...sorry
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Thu Sep 14, 2006  at  08:19 PM
As a huge Irwin fan, i was slightly disappointed to hear from an Australian colleague, who back when Stevie was trying to raise funding for his first films had attended a presenation, that all the meat given to crocs Stevie was wrestling with had sedatives in them and that all the snakes had been milked of their venom. Dont know if there is any truth in this.
Posted by Merve  on  Fri Sep 15, 2006  at  02:23 AM
Utter crap. I live in Queensland and, while fishermen are known to do that (for obvious safety reasons) the Irwin fans have been too busy lining up to get tickets to his public farewell at Australia Zoo to have bothered trying to hunt down stingrays. Also our border security are constantly on the lookout for illegal fishermen so there's little chance anybody could realistically go after stingrays, given the watchful eye of the government on our waters (both for conservation and defence).

As for Steve and fake crocs: Also crap. The movie he starred in did however have sedated/dead animals, but this was due to health and safety issues and filming. Steve was wrestling with lots of stuff at even a very young age.

Some of the stuff that's going around is really idiotic, and if it does happen, it's usually only by tiny minority groups who are using his death as an excuse to cause destruction; not Irwin fans. The worst part is some of this crap comes from Australian media sources, and they should bloody well know better.
Posted by Soldant  in  Brisbane Australia  on  Fri Sep 15, 2006  at  03:22 AM
if people are so damn stupid...well...I kind of wish it was fishermen who did this,but I think it might be some other idiot.I don
Posted by nitedrive  in  sweden  on  Fri Sep 15, 2006  at  07:37 AM
I think it is an elaborate hoax by the stingrays, where they are killing each other and removing their tails to make it look like people are doing it because of Irwin.

...not
Posted by coit  on  Fri Sep 15, 2006  at  08:11 AM
Merve, Irwin very much opposed using sedatives to capture and relocate problem crocs. Evidentally they don't react predictably to them and it can kill them. If he didn't use them then, it seems unlikely he'd use them at feeding time. Besides, if the sedative is in the meat the crod wouldn't be affected until after it had been fed, when the danger was over.

And milking a snake only removes some of the venom. You can never remove all of it, and even a trace amount can kill on some snakes.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Fri Sep 15, 2006  at  11:19 AM
Let's all kill Steve Irwin fans to revenge the stingrays!
Posted by Owen  on  Sat Sep 16, 2006  at  01:27 PM
stingrays r naturally docile animals, even thogh i am a steve irwim fan i do believe that he scared the stingray and it was just a defence. is this wut steve would have wanted?
Posted by tyjytgujt  on  Sat Jan 20, 2007  at  05:19 PM
OK SOME PEOPLE CAN BE AS STUPID AS A ROCK BECUASE STEVE WAS ALL ABOUT HELPING AND PROTECTING WILDLIFE AND IF THEY WERE TRULY HIS FANS THEY WOULD STAND BY HIM AND KEEP THE AMAZING THINGS GOING LIKE STEVE DID...I SAY WE JUST STOP TRYING TU ALL THE STING RAYS IN THE WORLD CUZ 1 OF THEM MADE A MISTAKE BY KILLING THE GREATEST GUY ON EARTH...
Posted by LLLPPP  on  Sat Jan 20, 2007  at  09:58 PM
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