Why We Shouldn’t Blame Bindi Irwin

BindiI’m a HUGE fan of the film Blackfish, and The Cove and many, many other brilliant  documentary films that have been produced by passionate, informed people.

These people who perform this important work to educate and inspire us, want the theft of free and awe-inspiring animals (or mammals) from the ocean and earth by big money-making corporations to STOP.

It needs to stop because it’s morally wrong, and that should be enough.

Unfortunately, morals simply don’t cut it when money and big corporations are involved. Going further, it needs to stop because it is cruel and unusual punishment on innocent beings who have no say in the matter, and who suffer enormously at the hands of humanity.

It needs to stop, because it can.

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. – Mahatma Gandhi

Sadly, our greatness is pretty much in the toilet right now.

Seeing Bindi on today’s news toting her excitement at teaming up with one of the worst offenders for Orca and Dolphin cruelty – Sea World –  made me sad.

This is a 15-year-old child, a child who can’t possibly understand the ramifications of her decision to collaborate with such a money-making pit of suffering. She’s been given a big opportunity. This is a child who has made a decision to be in the spotlight involving herself with animals, most likely to honour her father.

What more enormous ‘honour’ could a child with these dreams have than to become a parter for the biggest sea zoo in the world with her project Generation Nature? How proud she must have felt!

We have watched Bindi’s mother Terri Irwin allow her children to be spokespeople for animals, taking after their late father and working at the Australia Zoo whilst making the zoo a substantial amount of money. As their mother, regardless of our personal feelings it’s her choice.

I’d like to think that Terri is just incredibly ignorant to the plight of the creatures at SeaWorld and theme parks like them, but I am suspicious that woman who has spent as much time in the animal industry could be. That leads me to question whether she has allowed her daughter to team up for the simple value of the almighty dollar.

We may never know the real reason, never be privy to what is decided behind closed doors, but we need to remember when we contribute to the backlash against Bindi she is still a child, and we should speak about her and to her, with kindness and compassion.

To comment that she is “bringing shame to your fathers name” (as one twitterer posted) is reprehensible, and we cannot fathom the pain and potential repercussion comments like this may cause.

Let those of us who do recognise the truth keep fighting the good fight, doing whatever we can to bring awareness to the suffering of these innocents, and supporting filmmakers by holding public showings of the films, promoting on social media channels, and donating what we can to these vital causes.

This is the real way we can honour Steve Irwin and those all who have fought and fight today, for the rights of magnificent innocent creatures; both past and present.

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