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Palin Responds to Defenders of Wildlife, Ignores Main Issue

We wrote this week about the Defenders of Wildlife’s new campaign (and TV spot) against Sarah Palin and her plan to legalize aerial hunting of wolves from helicopters. Palin’s PR team was quick to the punch and issued this strongly-worded (yet weak on facts) response:

It is reprehensible and hypocritical that the Defenders of Wildlife would use Alaska and my administration as a fundraising tool to deceive Americans into parting with their hard-earned money.

The ad campaign by this extreme fringe group, as Alaskans have witnessed over the last several years, distorts the facts about Alaska’s wildlife-management programs. Alaskans depend on wildlife for food and cultural practices which can’t be sustained when predators are allowed to decimate moose and caribou populations. Our predator control programs are scientific and successful at protecting vulnerable wildlife. These audacious fundraising attempts misrepresent what goes on in Alaska, and I encourage people to learn the facts about Alaska’s positive record of managing wildlife for abundance.

Shame on the Defenders of Wildlife for twisting the truth in an effort to raise funds from innocent and hard-pressed Americans struggling with these rough economic times.

See how she didn’t mention the pending legislation, which was the entire point of the advertisement? Another non-answer from the queen of avoiding questions.

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9 comments
  1. Lin

    Marian, obviously you do not care about our wildlife any more than Palin does. Do you know she does not even like housecats? And last June, she ordered the deaths of fifteen baby wolf pups by having them dragged out of their den (against Alaskan law), held down, and each was shot in the head! Do you also know that Palin CHARGES rape victims for their own rape kits!? How CAN you give this woman your future vote for President of this country?! How can you or anyone else! She does NOT care about womens’ rights or animal rights! She puts out spin after spin after spin and you people fall for it! Yes, I want a woman for President, but NOT Palin!

  2. Lin

    I am a conservative Republican, and I find Palin abhorent! She has absolutely no concern for wildlife and thinks it is “fun” to kill them. Ashley Judd was right on the money with her “attack” on Palin, and all Palin could do was come back with one of her ridiculous rants which did not address the issue at all. She does that all the time..gives out an “answer” that is not an answer. I do not understand how ANY intelligent American citizen can give this woman any credence or support her in any of her greedy ambitions. Carolyn, the wolf is NOT overpopulated in Alaska..that is one of Palin’s giant fibs, like the one that some Republicans put out that she was not a member of that Alaskan secessionist group along with her husband. She WAS a member until she became mayor of Wasilla..there was a video made of a group meeting and they were BRAGGING about Palin and how she used to belong to their group. A group whose founder despised the rest of the United States. And you like Palin?! She wants to get a foothold in controlling this country and that group is backing her.

  3. Kelly

    Mo, have you never seen a cat play with a mouse? Ever watched a seal at the foot of a salmon ladder take one chomp out of salmon and throw the rest of the fish away? Ever seen an adult eagle going after baby ducklings? You’ve got an awfully idealistic view of how Mother Nature works. You prove that point that many so-called “defenders” of wildlife actually know very little about the natural world.

  4. Carolyn

    Taking an extreme left view of hunting and the humane process of prevention of animal over population is just an attention grabber for many organizations. Ashley Judd apparently feels neglected by the public and needs a forum to bring attention to herself. Maybe she would be kind enough to gather the animals that will not have enough food or space in their overpopulated environment and provide shelter and nourishement for all. I was a fan, now I would NEVER pay to watch anything she was a part of. Think again, I wouldn’t watch anything that was free either. Go Ted Nugent!

  5. mo

    Non human predators NEVER torture their prey nor do they hoard, taking more than they need to survive and instead are almost always swift as is the pain and death of their prey. Weaker prey are usually, if not always, taken out first.

    Human predators, on the other hand, seem to be OK with torturing their prey in slaughter houses, in cages that house chickens who aren’t allow or able to stand their entire lives, oh and by recreational sadists call ‘hunters’ who call an absurdly unequal advantage a ‘sport’ requiring ‘skill’ rather than 1. put themselves on the ground with a bow and arrow and/or 2. who do not bother to use tranquilizer guns or some other anesthetic method. If they make swift kills and eat their prey and consider local populations and environmental issues (such as led poisoning in ground water from bullets left in the soil) then they should be allowed to hunt. That would rule out Palin who doesn’t seem bright enough nor compassionate nor conscientious enough to meet those criteria.

  6. Rana Shine

    Is there over population or terrorism by these wolves and other animals in Alaska? Is this a so called “sport” or a necessary evil?

  7. MARIAN

    I am soooooo glad that Palin is not our Vice President!!! Palin only cares about taking care of herself and keeping her pockets full of money!!! She is a lousy role model and believes that murdering innocent animals is acceptable!!! She does not care if the murdering is done humanly or not!!!

  8. Mercedes

    Palin 2012??? Where is our respect for life and nature?, people like Palin and her “bright ideas” makes us humans look uncivilized. Animals only kills for self defense and she encourages other to do it for fun??? How about a man hunt with her name on the plate. How would she feel. It is just shameful that she even considered herself a “leader”.

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