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. Greg in Colorado

    Perhaps Alaska can just leave the union???? And when they do take palin with them. Why won't this idiot disappear???

    February 4, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. JIMCT

    SAVE THE POLAR BEAR

    February 4, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Rich

    Another example by Ashley Judd of a celebrity trying to be an expert. Palin knows her state and the wildlife situation. Wildlife does need to be managed.

    February 4, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Randall, Georgia

    OH! Now I anxiously await what Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Alex Baldwin have to say about this!

    February 4, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. zaphod2000

    There goes CNN again. We finally have a story worthy of what the Alaskan witch is like and you turn in her favor. The story is about Ashley Judd against that bimbo and her Neanderthal ways. The only distorted anything around here is that excuse for a human being who thinks she is better than anybody else.
    GO ASHLEY and GO DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE. This woman is evil incarnate!!!

    February 4, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Jeff Fyke

    Extreme fringe group? Anything like the group Palin's husband belongs to?

    February 4, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Whimsy1

    No, No, No, Shame on Sarah Palin for her barbaric slaughter of wolves, wild horse herds, grizzly bears and others for the sake of promoting tourist dollars for her beloved hunters (money).

    I am not against hunters or hunting but Sarah Palin is playing God, and interferring in His creation and eco systems. If she is the God loving, God fearing Christian she pretends to be, how can she allow the senseless slaughter of wildlife for the sake of (yet once again) big business?

    I am not a fringe group..... just an outraged American Citizen.

    February 4, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Emily

    Sarah Palin's stance on our environment is horrible. Greed to get
    trophy hunters, greed to satisfy big oil. As a member of Defenders of Wildlife, I totally agree that she must be stopped.

    February 4, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. midas360

    Why do the hollywood elite feel obligated to express to everyone their political and personal beliefs?

    Here's a thought. Let's stick to "acting."

    February 4, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Greg in Colorado

    Kevin,
    For the last eight years we have shouted and pleaded to get rid of Bush which now everyone can see was a complete disaster. This has nothing to do with left-wing... it has everything to do with common sense.

    February 4, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. BigPoonyBoy

    Defenders of Wildlife are a fringe group? I think Alaska is a fringe group. The 2 people up der that rely on caribou for food can't find them in that big wide open state? No one is saying don't control th epopulations, just don't be inhumane. Or better yet be inhumane on Palin.

    February 4, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. sherry for Obama

    Kevin you say that as if the rightous right wing are saints....

    Highly unlikely....More like liar's and rob the poor and middle class to inrich the already rich.......Hypocrit's

    February 4, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. ray

    CNN, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WHY, WHY, WHY DO YOU PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT THIS PATHETIC WOMAN SARA PALIN ON YOUR NEWS? . PLEASE. PLEASE DONT DO THIS TO THE WORLD>

    February 4, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Jorge

    Don't you love it when clueless celebrities look straight faced into the camera and start promoting thing they don't even know anything about? I hope people have more sense than to listen to this dribble.

    February 4, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. christine

    It's not extreme to have some respect for the natural world. It's extreme to want to kill the entire natural world.

    February 4, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Steven NY

    Too bad we can't hunt Palins from a Helicopter.

    February 4, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Jana

    Ashley Judd is by no means an extremist but IF she were, this would be a case of Sarah "Pot Calling the Kettle Black" Palin trying to stay in the media limelight with her fringe views.

    February 4, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Bev

    You GO, Sarah Palin! Ashley Judd should do her homework before she opens her mouth.

    February 4, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Obama Victim

    ashley judd is an idiot......

    February 4, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. gary n.

    @ Kevin in Ohio

    Sarah Palin is the perverted one here. Along with Limbaugh, Coulter,
    Hitler, FOX News, etc.,etc.

    February 4, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Rita in Mississippi

    As with Cheney and Blago, Sarah needs to just go away too!
    Right now please!

    February 4, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. ray

    THIS WOMAN PALIN IS A MORON .

    February 4, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Chris - Denver

    I'm already bored with Sarah Palin.

    February 4, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    is there ever going to be a week where we have NO story about Sarah Palin? So far it appears we have at least one Palin story a week, maybe more and a poll every week on how many people like President Obama.

    February 4, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. Adios.

    hmm...perhaps we should set her loose and see how she likes getting hunted. Perhaps McCain should have looked into his mistakenly 'popular' VP candidate interests, backgrounds and etc before nominating her. Oh, and not to mention Alaska who put her on as governor . No comment to that...it flabbergasts me.

    February 4, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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