Looks like animal activists are not the only ones criticizing Bindi Irwin for her latest partnership with SeaWorld. Her own grandfather and animal conservationist, Bob Irwin, had a few choice words about what a royally awful idea he thinks this is.
“Neither the Bob Irwin Wildlife & Conservation Foundation Inc. nor I had any knowledge of this partnership prior to the media announcement,” he wrote on his foundation’s website about his granddaughter’s appearance on Good Morning America last week where she alongside her mother, Terri Irwin, and younger brother, Robert Irwin, announced she would be working with the amusement park. “The Bob Irwin Wildlife & Conservation Foundation Inc. and I do not support the use of captive animals for the performance of tricks with the intent of mere entertainment for financial gain.”
Bob Irwin, the father late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin, also went on to imply that Bindi’s dad probably wouldn’t approve of the partnership either.
“My personal stance is that any organization that keeps animals in captivity that does not consider and provide for that animal’s physical, mental and emotional needs should not be keeping that animal and other solutions should be sought out,” he said. “Steve and I were as one on the issues of animal welfare, community education and engagement in conservation.”
Irwin finished his post on a hopeful note despite disapproving of his granddaughter’s choice.
“I can only hope that this partnership between SeaWorld and my granddaughter, who has followed in Steve’s footsteps, results in the best possible outcomes for the welfare of all animals held in captive facilities around the world.”
For those, who like Bob Irwin, wish Bindi made some better career choices, a petition is available urging the young self proclaimed “conservationist” to back out of her SeaWorld deal. You can sign it here.
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