Bob Irwin, Steve’s dad, is an avid conservationist and wildlife enthusiast. He passed this passion on to Steve who I believe with my whole heart had nothing but compassionate and well meaning intentions. It was clear to see for miles that Steve loved our non human friends more than anything else in this world.
As a vegan, I understand now that he did not handle things as he should have. I fully believe that he emotionally respected and admired all living beings but did not conduct this with his actions. Despite the way he handled wild animals, he still saved hundreds and was a large part of thousands of rescue and rehabilitation programmes.
When Steve was alive and managing Australia Zoo, it was something of a sanctuary. All animals that ended up in his care were there because Steve had taken them out of hideous situations. He worked tirelessly to ensure his animals received nothing short of the best care possible.
Upon his passing, everything changed. I am not necessarily blaming Terri but I will say that once Steve passed on, that zoo transitioned into commercial rubbish like the majority of zoological facilities. In 2008 Australia Zoo was charged with 13 counts of animal cruelty and to me, that says it all.
Bindi Irwin is a different matter entirely. Something people must take into consideration is that both Bindi and Bob were raised with the same pro captivity mind set as their parents. They have never been exposed to anything different and I highly doubt they ever will. This is not the fault of either child.
I firmly believe that both children have their hearts and minds in the right place. After seeing what Bindi had to say for herself on Good Morning America regarding her partnership with SeaWorld, it’s clear to me that she genuinely believes she is doing something positive for future generations. Of course this is not the case and we can see that as outsiders but what we don’t know is what SeaWorld’s CEOs have been feeding her. They have probably fed her the same propaganda that they feed all of their employees and guests.
It is so important at this time that we stop looking for people to blame. Bindi Irwin is not at fault. She is just doing her best to change the world and will have to learn for herself that this decision was made in poor judgement. In the mean time, I feel that the focus needs to be on SeaWorld themselves. Let’s not lose sight of the main reason that we’re so saddened by this partnership- it is not to do with Bindi at all but rather the fact that SeaWorld is a corrupt corporation.
In a nutshell, I believe that the Irwins are wonderful people who- although have made poor decisions in certain circumstances- have compassionate hearts and want nothing more than to educate and conserve. SeaWorld, on the other hand, are literally corporate propaganda and will do anything to make a buck. The animals and their rights as sentient beings are what matter and by being angry at the Irwins, the animals are not getting any closer to a life free of slavery.