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. brian

    I've hunted since I was 12 and any kind of "aerial" hunting where the result is the death of the animal, is not hunting. Its a slaughter.

    February 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Jens

    Fortunately entertainers never amount to much other than being entertainers. Unfortunately they must rely on controversy to keep their identities in front of the masses for the purpose of income survival

    February 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Dee

    And Judd's knowledge/experience on wildlife issues includes...???

    I thought so. Like the vast majority of the outspoken Hollywood crowd: a big mouth attached to a small mind.

    February 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Jon

    An "extreme fringe group."

    You mean like the Republican party?

    February 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. obama-mama

    Trying to protect the population? Maybe the population shouldn't be in their living quarters. Sarah Palin is an idiot. She is against abortion but will run around with a gun killing animals. Why did toy soldier McCain introduce that clown to the civilized world.

    February 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. KLS

    This is nothing more than a manifestation of the RIGHT-WING hatred of anything and anyone who doesn't agree with their perverted viewpoints.
    Aerial shooting of wolves is beyond disgusting. The poor animals don't even have a chance. Why can't Palin be "man" enough to hunt them on the ground!!!

    February 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Rare MA Republican

    Far Left-Wing Palin bashing coming your way in 3...2...1...

    February 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. Joe

    Sarah, please just go away. You've got your 15 minutes of fame
    while the country got 15 minutes of "shame" for your nomination.
    Go back to you igloo!

    February 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. jjbizzippo

    There is no scientific basis for these aerial wolf kills. None at all. Far, far more moose and caribou die from over-wintering mortality than are killed by wolves. In addition, wolves typically kill sick, young, or injured individuals, many of which would die from starvation during winter anyway. Palin is pandering to hunters with the continuation of this brutal practice. Decisions like these are why the country rejected her last Fall. She's a half-witted religious zealot and a lackey of the hard right. A dinosaur in modern times who is ignorant of science and intolerant of any opinion she doesn't agree with.

    February 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. M MARTINEZ

    GOOD FOR ASHLEY!!!!!

    I AM GLAD THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO CARE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS THESE CERTAIN ANIMALS. THESE POLITICIANS THINK THEY CAN DO WHATEVER THEY WANT.

    LAW OR NO LAW WHAT GIVES THAT GOVERNOR THE RIGHT TO DO THIS. WHAT IS SHE TRYING TO PROVE? SEEMS TO ME SHE IS TRYING TO BE THIS P0WER WOMAN THAT SHE IS NOT. WE NEVER THOUGHT SHE WAS

    February 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Diane

    What to say? Now we slaughter wolf males & females from the sky! What happens to all the babies who are too young to fend for themselves? Ms. Palin?????

    February 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. James in Dallas, Tx

    Palin taking on Ashley Judd. Reminds me of Quayle taking on Murphy Brown, except Qualye wasn't promoting species extermination. I hope Palin finds more important issues to focus on.

    February 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. usa girl

    ----Stop palin.....

    February 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. keary

    I think before we start killing wolves, who live off the land and have no other means of obtaining food like a grocery store. We should ban hunting for the moose and caribou for a season or two. As humans we have other options to putting food on the table. We dont need to hunt to feed our family's.

    February 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Ed

    Sarah Palin calling anyone an extremist is laughable at best.

    February 4, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Actually, they have legally been killing the wolves since 1915, and since 1967 by airplane. Only until 2003, has plane-killing been regulated by the state.

    The purpose of killing the wolves is to protect the "endangered" elk and othe livestock the environmental extremists usually whine about. They do the same thing for coyotes and foxes in other states.

    By attacking Palin, the liberals are showing their fear of her for 2012.

    February 4, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    I haven't a clue who Ashley Judd is, but unless she lives in Alaska, what business is it of hers what their hunting laws are?

    February 4, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. heis the chosen one get used to it

    aerial hunting is just wrong period....and Palin just goes on showing what a no-brain, right-wing whack job she is.....enough of her already.

    February 4, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. shoegazer

    Excuse me,Sarah Palin calling this an"extreme fringe group".Ah,Ms.Palin,people who live in glass houses.........

    February 4, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. THE OLD TIMER

    Tell Ashley Judd to go out in the wilderness and stay there for nine days, Let her camp, fish, what ever . At the end of nine days if she doesn,t come back with a different outlook on this then she sat in camp with armed guns at her side.

    These critters must be kept at bay , If not it won,t be long before some ones child will show up missing or being a meal for the critters.

    Don,t let the do-gooders try to implement laws that they know nothing about, the takes in the John Birch society also.Squelch this group now before it is to late

    February 4, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. Jctn

    Kevin in Ohio

    That is how I look at the right.

    February 4, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. Deb

    Sarah Palin is much more dangerous to the moose and caribou population and the environment than any wolf could ever be. I really can't understand how anyone can justify shooting these beautiful creatures for absolutely no good reason. Sarah Palin is a disgusting excuse for a "Christian" in my opinion. God created all creatures, not just humans, and I'm sure he would like us to treat ALL of his creatures and the world he gave us with respect.

    February 4, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. Dan

    When will Americans learn that if they just leave poor Sarah alone, she'll fade from the headlines. She's the extremest here and most people know it. Don't give her a soapbox – that's what she wants.

    February 4, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. Aaron

    Yes!! Anything to keep Sarah Palin speaking in public has my support! Now that the presidential campaign is over, I've been missing my regular doses of hilarious bobblespeak from that nutty gun-totin Pentacostal politician-wannabe. Palin in 2012!

    February 4, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. Claire

    The article states the wolves are killed in an effort to protect moose and caribou – Maybe Palin and other Alaskans eat those animals.

    February 4, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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