(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.
another hollyweird rocket scientist
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
What if Sarah Palin were a liberal Democrat...
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.
you mean like Palin PAC?
Please Governor Palin the election is over and the Republicans lost.
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??
i'm sorry but this is kinda funny.
To think this woman could have become our president!
Sarah Palin- ever the populist, never the popular.
Alaska deserves her! Hopefully she will stay there for a long time to come.
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).
This is nothing more than a manifestation of the left-wing hatred of anything and anyone who doesn't agree with their perverted viewpoints.
Wow, Sarah, that's how most would describe you! "extreme fringe"
“extreme fringe group"..... hmm Sarah... what do you think you right wing evangelicals are? You definitely don't make up the majority.
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.
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!!
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.
“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.
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!
Wildlife Action Fund – where can I donate? Thanks Judd for standing up to these abhorrent practices.
Go Ashley! Where do I sign up for you "fringe group"?
Anyone else think Ashley Judd and Palin kinda look alike? I'd just as soon have Ashley Judd in political office...
Yeah, to hell with the caribou!
I wouldn't mess with ashely judd. palin is a light weight.
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