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Old 06-15-04, 09:53 AM   #30 (permalink)
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The original post specifically stated that he broke wildlife harassment laws. The ecosystem of that area is a fairly fragile balance and laws have been put into place detailing how close humans can get to which animals under what circumstances. Irwin approached it with his usual asshattery and is thankfully going to be paying the price.

The man has been a black eye to the entire herpetological community for years now, his antics and idiocy affect the way the public views anyone within any of the related fields, he spreads misinformation and lies about the animals, his handling practices are dangerously unsafe... or would be if the specimins hadn't been sitting in a cooler ontop of a bag of ice for half an hour before filming. People on this board are always so quick to blame petstores for all the evil in the hobby (A particularly incorrect and short sighted viewpoint I might add) but if you really want to identify the source of nitwits buying and neglecting animals they know nothing about, Irwin is your man. He is NOT educated or experienced despite the sensationalistic statements which always remain vague burried within his show, he is NOT particularly well respected by those who would be in his "peer" group and he should NOT be touted as a hero for the industry. He is a clown, a jester, a FOOL who's actions are and always have been nothing more or less than damaging to the hobby, science and industry.

The man violated laws... again. Hopefully this time his celebrity status doesn't allow him to escape the penalties he so truly deserves.
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