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. IndependentfromTexas.

    There is a saying – don't throw stones at mud (garbage). Mud splatters on your face. Palin is mud/thrash. Incorrigible!

    February 4, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Matt

    The name 'Palin' sounds so familiar.

    Is she the woman on Saturday Night Live, or is she that irrelevant politician who made a disastrous appearance last election?

    February 4, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Diane

    Palin is a lunatic. Shooting wolves from helicopters, fighting demons, anti-witchcraft rituals, bizarro sentence structure, geographical befuddlement. The lady's a nut.

    February 4, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Caryl Traugott

    Ashley Judd is a pinhead. Wolves are killed to protect
    moose and caribou. Get a life Ashley!

    February 4, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Marie

    There will always be hunting, but do it the old fashioned way on the ground and not in the air. Give the animals a chance. Lazy hunters!!

    February 4, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Mike

    Well this is no surprise to hear more left wing banter about trying to change the world into their idealistic mold. God forbid someone does something they deem wrong yet every year millions of babies are murdered without much left wing protest.

    February 4, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. A_Rod

    Celebrities just use this kind of campaigns to boost their popularity. I guess when they have no more offers they go on TV and "advocate" for anything: children, animals, AIDS etc..

    February 4, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. E

    those populations living on those animals have done so without helicopters and sport shooting. How about you prevent OTHER causes of decimated edible animal populations? How about you don't drill oil or build on their feeding grounds? How about you protect the naturla balance? WHt's that? it is inconvenient and unfun? tough cookies Barbie.

    February 4, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Is it fair

    Michael Vick goes to jail. . . .And killing wolves is legal in Alaska?
    Is that fair?

    February 4, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Coach Tom

    Way to go Sarah.

    If Ms. Judd would get her head out of the sand, she and the rest of the left winged anti-American activist would realize that it is the American hunter and fisherman who have paid for wetlands and habitat restoration as well as wildlife protection and management. Go back to sipping your over priced coffee and do what you do best – act and live life of make believe in la-la land and let the real conservationist take care of this country.

    By the way, is Ms. Judd still on parole?

    February 4, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Jimi Atlas

    It's pretty bizarre that in a state of such incredible environmental beauty we have conservative nut cases like Palin in charge!!! Weird.

    February 4, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Jonathan in Ohio

    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 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Sean

    Kevin, don't be such a sore loser.

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

    I'd say flying around in a helicopter shooting at Wolves is a bit exotic and extreme. Do you really need a helicopter- how about a 4 wheeler. It's way over the top to use a helicopter and is a waste of resources. Her logic for doing it doesn't hold- if you were doing it to save the "animals" why do it extravagently in a helicopter. This is more of a leisure activity for luxurious enjoyment Isn't that a bit like shooting fish in a barrel?? Where's the sport?? When I hunt it's about the hunt and the sport of it. I don't see a lot of sport in killing animals from a helicopter.

    Beyond that do I really care- NO, leave Sarah alone and maybe she'll leave us alone.

    February 4, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Nurse Ratchet

    On behalf of Ohio residents, please allow us to apologize for Joe the Plumber and Kevin's ironic double-speak comment.

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

    Shooting wolves from a helicopter is extreme!

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

    Defenders of Wildlife is not an extreme fringe group. They are no PETA. I have contributed to them, and I know what they do. It's well publicized. They are a thoughtful and moderate organization that fights for the conservation and preservation of wildlife. They don't spike trees. They try to find solutions that everyone can live with. Palins wolf massacres are nothing but a cynical attempt to wipe out wolves in Alaska so it will be easier for big game hunters to get their trophy. Nature works in balance, and a natural wolf population isn't going to wipe out the game populations.

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

    Somebody hasn't seen Never Cry Wolf, I guess, or read much about wildlife. The wolves take out the weaker animals, making the herd stronger, and that's a good thing all around. Really they're shooting wolves just for the fun of it, and, well, that's a weird notion of fun you got there. Might even call it a "perverted viewpoint."

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

    Palin's an absolute waste.I havent seen anyone ina long time that lacks substance as much as her. And the republicans like her?

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

    When I saw Palin shooting wolves from a helicopter, it reminded me of Dick Cheneys hunting adventures, standing there and shooting in one spot at doves, pheasants or quail being released in large quantities from cages. A real hunter doesnt hunt like that. It seemed so cruel.

    February 4, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. Texan in TN

    I'm pretty sure Sarah Palin is a member of several "extreme fringe group[s]," the GOP being one of them. And just what exactly are these "cultural practices" for which these moose and caribou are needed? This wouldn't have anything to do with the witch doctor who visited her Wasilla church, would it?

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

    You can hardly tell that Palin is educated all. Her comments and actions have all indicative of an uneducated individual.

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

    Ummm, Lisa M, did you bother reading the article? It's only a couple of paragraphs.

    It says aerial wolf hunting is, "— a controversial practice allowed by permit in Alaska since 2003, with the goal of protecting populations of moose and caribou."

    Perhaps moose / caribou burgers are big in Alaska. Can't say I've ever tried one, but I believe moose stew is Palin's favorite food. Moreover, wolves are no longer on Alaska's endangered list.

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

    More idiocy form the looney left. They don't care that these wolves are taking food out of people's mouths by killing the game that the people of Alaska depend on.

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

    I'd say flying around in a helicopter shooting at Wolves is a bit exotic and extreme. Do you really need a helicopter- how about a 4 wheeler. It's way over the top to use a helicopter and is a waste of resources. Her logic for doing it doesn't hold- if you were doing it to save the "animals" why do it extravagently in a helicopter. This is more of a leisure activity for luxurious enjoyment Isn't that a bit like shooting fish in a barrel?? Where's the sport?? When I hunt it's about the hunt and the sport of it. I don't see a lot of sport in killing animals from a helicopter.

    Beyond that do I really care- NO, leave Sarah alone and maybe she'll leave us alone.

    February 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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