February 4th, 2009
09:17 PM ET
5 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. Ray Ray

    Another Hollywood idiot!

    God forbid America drills for Oil in ANWR because it might hurt the polar bear or carribu... but let's attack a Republican (Palin) when the State of Alaska takes measures to stop the extinction of carrirbu from increased wolf attacks.

    IF a democrat is protecting an animal species – they get an award. If a republican is protecting an animal species – they get attacked.

    I say Alaska capture and transfer the wolves .... to Hollywood.

    February 4, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Truth Hurts

    Palin,

    The truth hurts huh!! It amazes me how she have killed animals freely and then they locked up Mike Vick for dog fighting. Do I smell double standards?

    February 4, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. John From Illinois

    You go Ashley! Free the wolves, and send 'em to eat Dick Cheney!

    February 4, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Sharon Samson

    If you want to be the great white hunter, then get your butt out of the plane and hunt. But a bunch of rich yahoos in an airplane shooting at animals is about as pathetic as it gets. If you want to hunt, hunt. But that is just outright slaughter but the lazy without enough cajones to look what their slaughtering in the eye as they do it. Cowards.

    February 4, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. yellowbmblbee, Boston

    no, kevin in Ohio....your labeling is sooooooo tiresome...it has nothing to do with that....there are a number of obvious examples to prove Palin is missing half a lobe....and half a heart. Deadly combination.

    February 4, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Titov Sang the Blues

    There is an increasingly scary Nixon vibe with Ms. Palin. I have literally never seen in my lifetime a person with such a cultural/religious/political chip on their shoulder so desperate to become the leader of a population that they so visibly despise.

    In the four months since the election, Palin has done nothing but bitterly rail against all that she perceives to be an obstacle to her perceived rightful position of power.

    February 4, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Richard

    Hey Ashley Judd, make movies and keep your pie-hole shut about things you know nothing about. Palin's statement explains the whole thing...

    “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.

    Just not gonna be happy until you take all the guns are you?

    February 4, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. gl, Pittsburgh

    First SaraPac and now Eye on Palin,” Is this woman that arrogant. Sara Palin is so into herself. She could never be the President her ego is way way to big.

    February 4, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. sarahlies

    please left wing my behind, judd's mother and sister was on the road wtih the blood thirsty animal killer clueless racist diva wannabe palin so get over yourself you sarah loving idiots. your a stupid as that brainless bimbo is.. you betcha..

    February 4, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Irma in North Carolina

    Yes Sarah here we go again. Any thing to get yourself in the news again. Why dont you pay attention to alaska and what you should be doing for your state.

    February 4, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. SUSAN

    maybe there could be a new sport in alaska, "aerial palin hunting"

    February 4, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. Susan

    I do not know what fun you get in killing the animals unnecessarily.

    If you eat them, then it makes sense but just for the sake of it. GOD.

    Have mercy on the poor creatures.

    February 4, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. McWhine

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

    February 4, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. Ryan Smith

    Palin's right! Talk about distorted! This left wing group is just twisting the truth. They hunt the wolves to protect the carribou and moose.

    February 4, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Peggy

    I don't understand the concept of shooting wolves that at sitting ducks just so there are more deer and other animals to hunt. Humans should not be knocking off their competitors in such an unfair manner. I am not a hunter, although my father and brother were, so I am not against hunting itself. But shooting these wolves from the air is a senseless act.

    February 4, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. thomas

    "extreme" – Sarah Palin's wardrobe and hair styling budget
    "fringe" – Sarah Palin's voodoo minister
    "group" – The Alaskan Separist movement

    February 4, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Red, North Carolina

    Sarah calling Ashley Judd and "Extreme Fringe Group" is the POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK! LOL Sarah – the QUEEN of the "Extreme Fringe"!!

    February 4, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. randyman

    Sarah Palin needs to take Dick Cheney hunting with her.

    February 4, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. John

    I guess someone hasn't taught Palin about the balance of nature. Then again, she probably didn't learn that getting her bachelor degree in journalism.

    Let's look back when Palin....told who she felt was the French President...that he needed to come to Alaska and hunt from helicopters with her.

    So who is really distorting truths?

    February 4, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Brian

    Palin referring to anyone as fringe is man-bites-dog.

    February 4, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. greedyboy

    As usual...a story about Palin and WHO CARES?

    February 4, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Cynthia St. Louis

    UH, isn't Sarah Palin the person who belongs to an "extreme fringe group?" Oh wait, that would be her husband, Todd, and the group that wants Alaska to pull out of the United States!

    Sounds like a lot of nerve for a TOTAL NUTCASE like Palin to be bad-mouthing anyone.

    February 4, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Josh Maloney, Oakland, CA

    Way to go Ashley Judd. I admire your work and dedication to such imporant causes. Sarah Palin just doesn't get it. But then again, she never will. Don't wory about her.

    February 4, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. jerri

    Is Ashley Judd crazy or just leftie stupid? The wolves are over-populating the state and killing other wildlife in a vicious manner. When will Hollywood get off the vegetarian bandwagon and leave honest working people alone. We do not need this extremist attitude. And Lisa M –stop calling Sara "dear". You sound like a senile old lady.

    February 4, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. Felonious Monk

    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."

    If you've never noticed, liberal and conservative are two sides of the same coin. One side's view are just as perverted as the other's.

    February 4, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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