Shouldn't we do more than simply sit like couch potatoes watching a great man's final moments without contributing in some way?
I believe there is a way to show Mr. Irwin's sting ray attack video to the public and have it serve the greatest good, and that is to show it as a special world wide pay per view event. I also don't think the death itself needs to be shown. However we all could learn just what exactly happened up until the point of the attack, that would be enough for me. The actual contact between Mr. Irwin and the Stingray doesn't actually have to be shown. The Video could be stopped the frame before the Stingray actually touches Mr. Irwin, but in the process millions would learn exactly what happened and why, and the money raised could be donated to animal rescue and animal sanctuaries around the world.
Mr. Irwin had already earned the adoration and respect of the everyday average Joe. Even animal rights and animal rescue groups grudgingly acknowledge that what Mr. Irwin did with crocs and other exotic animals was far better than what hunters, furriers, and slaughterhouses do to animals. Mr. Irwin brought attention, education, respect, and suspense into his unscripted animal encounters. It was mano a mano as Mr. Irwin serenaded ferocious animals for all to see. Unlike "canned hunts" in which "wild" but caged animals are first drugged and then shot at close range by a person with too much money and not enough soul, Mr. Irwin's job was never to kill an animal but to let us see how an animal actually behaves in real life situations.
There were no armed bodyguards around Mr. Irwin trained to fire at any animal that misbehaved or got too close, and that is why Mr. Irwin was a hero to many. Clothed only in what many might deem "a walk in the park" leisure wear, Mr. Irwin impacted us all with his in the moment interaction with animals that wanted to eat him.
The prolonged, worldwide universal shock at Mr. Irwin's instant demise needs to be addressed in a way that rivals the greatness that was Mr. Irwin. A world wide pay per view event of the stingray attack is one way we can truly pay homage to this brave man who merged our fear and curiosity about wild animals into videos that were viewed the world over.
I'd like to see the Sting Ray Attack video raise a hundred million dollars or more on behalf of the Irwin family, with the hope that most of the money would then be donated far and wide among the worlds animal rescue groups and animal sanctuaries that always are in need of funds.
Maybe enough money could be raised from a world wide pay per view event that the yearly interest on the money raised could be donated in perpetuity to animal rescue and animal sanctuary organizations . What a fitting tribute that would be to a man who deserves no less of an accolade.
I have never subscribed to a special pay per view event in my life, but I would not hesitate to pay homage to the man who merged the world of animals and man, anything less than pay per view and I will feel like we cheated the man, and ourselves.
If you loathe the idea of creating perpetual funds for the animals of the world via a pay per view event of the stingray attack, will you be willing to look away the first time, the second time, and every other time you have a chance to see a bootlegged internet version of the attack for free?