Bindi Irwin, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s Daughter, Takes On Hillary Clinton Over Controversial Essay

By iScienceTimes Staff on March 12, 2013 3:12 PM EDT

Bindi Irwin
Bindi Irwin spoke out against overpopulation in her controversial essay. (Photo: YouTube)

It's been seven years since Bindi Irwin's father, famed "Crocodile Hunter" TV host Steve Irwin, was killed by a stingray. The accident was a shock to many fans who had witnessed Steve leap onto the backs of dangerous crocs and handle some of the deadliest snakes and spiders on Earth with nothing but his winning, gap-toothed smile. And that trademark Irwin smile was out in full force on Monday as Bindi took part in a photo shoot to help promote her upcoming movie "Return To Nim's Island."

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In addition to the photo shoot and filming "Return To Nim's Island" Bindi was asked by the U.S. State Department to contribute a short essay on conservation for Hillary Clinton's upcoming e-journal titled "Go Wild Coming Together for Conservation" as part of the former Secretary of State's endangered species initiative. Although many would consider it an honor to contribute to a project headed up by someone as influential as Hillary Clinton, Bindi Irwin was not so awe-struck as to ignore the major changes she said were made to her 1,000 word piece. According to an article in the Telegraph Bindi focused on the need to address the issue of overpopulation as it relates to conservation. Using the analogy of a house party, Bindi attempted to illuminate the real dangers facing a planet with billions of residents.

"My party is about to start, and I hear a knock at the door. My friends are here! Only, when I open the door, 70 of my friends are standing there wanting to come to the party!" she wrote. "What do I do? My room is only big enough to fit 15, with 70 we won't have any room to move and dance. I don't have enough food. Do I divide the sandwiches among the 70 people? But then everyone will still be hungry. What about the party bags? Do I only give the party bags out to my closest friends? Isn't that unfair to everyone else? That is the crisis facing mother earth today."

The edited version removes virtually all references to overpopulation. Bindi's mother, Terri Irwin, told the Telegraph that neither she nor Bindi were impressed with the way the U.S. State Dept. handled the situation.

"It's interesting that she was asked to write an essay about the environment and included the consideration of population [growth] and they returned her essay edited and completely edited that out," she said. "So Bindi wrote to Hillary Clinton's organization and said 'what happened to freedom of speech? This is my opinion and I don't want that edited out.' The edited version was not published per Bindi's request."

Here is the official trailer for Bindi Irwin's upcoming movie "Return To Nim's Island."

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