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Revenge killing of stingrays?

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, September 13th, 2006 at 9:05 am in Killing, Wildlife.

I found this bizarre little story by Associated Press writer Meraiah Foley, while I was prowling through our electronic wire services this morning:

"SYDNEY, Australia — At least 10 stingrays have been killed since ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin was fatally injured by one of the fish, an official said Tuesday, prompting a spokesman for the late TV star’s animal charity to urge people not to take revenge on the animals.

"Irwin died last week after a stingray barb pierced his chest as he recorded a show off the Great Barrier Reef.

"Stingray bodies since have been discovered on two beaches in Queensland state on Australia’s eastern coast. Two were discovered Tuesday with their tails lopped off, state fisheries department official Wayne Sumpton said."

Michael Hornby, executive director of Irwin’s Wildlife Warriors conservation group, said he was concerned the rays were being hunted and killed in retaliation for Irwin’s death. "Killing stingrays was not what Steve was about," he said.

It’s a curious world we live in, isn’t it?

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3 Responses to “Revenge killing of stingrays?”

  1. Tori Says:

    My heart sunk when I heard this. I think Steve Irwin would be heartbroken. :-(

  2. Pat in Antioch Says:

    I agree that Steve Irwin would be heartbroken! This sort of thing is NOT what he was all about. I think he’d be the first to say that the stingray that stung him was acting in what it perceived as self defense. We live in such a crazy world….

    Pat in Antioch

  3. Grace Martell Says:

    No! I can’t believe anyone would be ignorant enough to kill stingrays for revenge. You must not know Steve Irwin at all. How sad. Watch his show and you’ll know better. And go to your room.

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