February 4th, 2009
09:17 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin takes on Ashley Judd’s ‘extreme fringe group’

Ashley Judd appears in an environmental ad campaign for the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund.
Ashley Judd appears in an environmental ad campaign for the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund.

(CNN) – Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s support for aerial wolf-hunting has sparked a heated cross-country war of words between the governor and an environmental ad campaign fronted by the actress Ashley Judd, with Palin calling the organization funding the ads an “extreme fringe group.”

The squabble began Tuesday when the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund unveiled a campaign called “Eye on Palin,” targeting the governor for what they call her “extreme anti-conservation policies.”

The group is highlighting “Palin’s championing of the brutal and unnecessary aerial killing of wolves and other carnivores” - a controversial practice allowed by permit in Alaska since 2003, with the goal of protecting populations of moose and caribou.

Judd, who has in the past lent her voice to AIDS prevention and reproductive health campaigns, signed on with the group and is featured in a YouTube video. “It is time to stop Sarah Palin, and stop this senseless savagery,” she says in the clip.

Palin struck back in a statement Tuesday night, calling the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund a fringe group that “distorts” the goal of Alaska’s predator control 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,” Palin said in the statement.

She added: “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.”

Palin addressed predator hunting on the campaign trail last September in off-the-cuff remarks at an Ohio fundraiser, calling the practice “kind of a big darn controversial deal up there in Alaska.”

"A lot of the far east coast politicians think it's just so politically incorrect," she said.


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soundoff (319 Responses)
  1. Kim

    GO ASHLEY!!!!

    February 4, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. he is NOT the chosen one after all

    another hollyweird rocket scientist

    February 4, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. so many reasons to stop Palin

    shooting animals from a helicopter is just the beginning

    this gov. is insane

    whose baby, drugs, firing because her family doesn't like a state employee

    she is a train wreck

    normally I think she is humorous, I am beginning to think she shouldn't even be gov. of a far away state like Alaska, she is even doing Alaska harm

    February 4, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Just wondering

    What if Sarah Palin were a liberal Democrat...

    February 4, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Shirley in California

    You are quite correct Ms. Judd it is time to STOP Sarah! I don't even bother to comment on her anymore. She is an evil, maniacal maniac whose love of money, fame and fortune will evidently destroy her.

    February 4, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Hnnh?

    you mean like Palin PAC?

    February 4, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Bill

    Please Governor Palin the election is over and the Republicans lost.

    February 4, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Another Actress

    Simply another "brillian" actor or commedian, like Bill Maher or David Letterman, the wisest human beings ever walked on earth, in the history of mankind??

    February 4, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. ANAG LOS ANGELES, CA

    i'm sorry but this is kinda funny.

    To think this woman could have become our president!

    February 4, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Eric

    Sarah Palin- ever the populist, never the popular.

    Alaska deserves her! Hopefully she will stay there for a long time to come.

    February 4, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Lisa M

    Well you know I really don't have an issue with killing animals if you are going to use as much of them as possible.

    So, Sarah dear, when was the last time you had wolf steak for dinner?

    Unless they are stealing livestock(or small children), I really don't think there is a reason to kill them(unless you are going to eat them).

    February 4, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Kevin in Ohio

    This is nothing more than a manifestation of the left-wing hatred of anything and anyone who doesn't agree with their perverted viewpoints.

    February 4, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Linda32

    Wow, Sarah, that's how most would describe you! "extreme fringe"

    February 4, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Jeremy

    “extreme fringe group"..... hmm Sarah... what do you think you right wing evangelicals are? You definitely don't make up the majority.

    Moron.

    February 4, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. norma - wisconsin

    Sarah, Sarah – please go home and tend to your flock. Why don't you go visit your friends – Bush, Cheney and McCain – surely you're family won't miss you being gone another 4 years while you're running for office. When do you do your governing? Seems like you're out promoting yourself more than holding an office. Maybe us average Americans would have given you some credence if you'd go back home and cook your bison.

    February 4, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. EC

    Palin, Palin, Palin.....baby girl. Don't get into another media battle. Please stay away from making statement and conducting press releases, media interviews.

    Please just go home and GOVERN your state, TAKE CARE of your babies and grand baby. DO YOUR JOB as Governor of ALASKA. If you venture anywhere else, you're going to LOSE!!

    February 4, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Tina, NC

    Go Ashley Judd! Palin is barbaric! I think I'll donate to the DWAF.

    I can't wait until Palin is busted for Dairy-Gate.

    February 4, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Jeremy

    “It is time to stop Sarah Palin, and stop this senseless savagery,”

    We should have done that the minute McCain picked her as his running mate.

    February 4, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. Wynter

    Palin needs to get the wolves a fighting chance! Here is a slingshot, now walk up to that wolf and let it eat you! At least then we can be sure the wolf will be killed. Due to choking on her poison!

    February 4, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Peggy - TX

    Wildlife Action Fund – where can I donate? Thanks Judd for standing up to these abhorrent practices.

    February 4, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. Bill

    Go Ashley! Where do I sign up for you "fringe group"?

    February 4, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Robin in SC

    Anyone else think Ashley Judd and Palin kinda look alike? I'd just as soon have Ashley Judd in political office...

    February 4, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Rick in WA

    Yeah, to hell with the caribou!

    February 4, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. kim

    I wouldn't mess with ashely judd. palin is a light weight.

    February 4, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. James

    Palin is a crazy biggot! When will she finally go away!

    She wants to talk about moral rights – is is moral to KILL for the game and not survial (food)

    PALIN your A Witch and time for you and your trailer trash family GO AWAY

    February 4, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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