Monday, September 04, 2006

Sports Community Should Pay Tribute to "Crocodile Hunter"




Could it be true? Steve Irwin, the “Crocodile Hunter” is dead?

Out of all the mammals and reptiles in the animal kingdom, it came down to a stingray.

The famous 44 year-old "Crocodile Hunter" was fatally stung by a stingray’s barb off of Australia’s coast Monday morning.

The news was the front of all media websites like CNN and Aol.com but not ESPN or SI.com.

Why?

Irwin was a man who participated in the sport of game hunting. But in this sport, you’re supposed to kill what you hunt. He didn’t. So does that mean the sports community can’t pay tribute to Irwin because he set animals free, instead of killing them?

A hunter goes out in the pursuit of seeing and killing a beautiful animal, like a deer. The hunter finds the deer, shoots it, eats it and maybe mounts the animal’s head on a mantel.

It’s almost a double-standard. A game hunter is considered a sport but when a hunter pursues animals in order to preserve them, it’s shunned? Weird.

Irwin hunted exotic, wild animals because it was his passion. But while doing so, he let people across the globe witness the ugliest, deadliest and most fascinating creatures to be seen through his shows and programs. Irwin took the hunter out of “gaming” in order to afford everyone the ability to observe animals they wouldn’t have had the chance to see otherwise.

Crikey, there should have been something written on sports websites about Irwin.

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