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. Humored In Texas

    Personal to Kevin:

    Shooting animals from a helicopter isn't perverted?!?!?!

    It would be interesting to see Palin debate another woman who can actually string a complete sentence and not speak in "aw shucks-style," dontcha think?! You betcha!!!!!!

    February 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Dylan from MN

    Oh, right, moose, caribou and wolf have been living in the same ecosysytem for thousands upon thousands of years, but now it's a problem. Palin is a digusting backward thinking human being.

    February 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Collin Szewczyk

    I'd say a secessionist group, or the Pentecostal church are more accurately defined as "Extremist Fringe Groups", much more that those of us that are opposed to the Aerial hunting of wolves, Why won't Palin just go away?, the media is still in love with this lunatic. She is a joke of a person, whose appeal only shows the shallowness of American politics, if she wasn't a former beauty queen, we'd have never heard of her. In all my years, I've never come across a more inept "politician", and that says alot.

    February 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. LINDA M

    JUST THE LIBERALS RUNNING THEIR MOUTH WHEN THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT.

    February 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. J.P.

    Hey Ashley, just think of hunting as you think of abortion or gay marriage... if you don't like gay marriage or abortions, don't have one. Same thing applies.

    February 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Tom in Delaware

    Sarah Palin keeps on staying in the news, so naturally I'm happy about that, but really, it's just getting to be too easy to pick apart these Left Wing Loons from Fantasyland...I mean Hollywood.

    How's your tax situation these days Ashley?

    It's no wonder the Liberals hate Palin so much...she's like Joan of Arc compared to that knucklehead Obama.

    February 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. Will Nailer

    Lord knows they better kill off the moose and caribou natural predator so that there will be more for her and her moose hunting buddies to shoot.

    February 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Wanda

    THE THING REGRETTABLE IS THAT ASHLEY JUDD GAVE HER YET ANOTHER PLATFORM TO SPEAK –AS MUCH AS I HATE HER BARBARIC ATTITUDE TOWARD ANIMALS – I JUST HATE IT WHEN SOMEONE GIVES HER A REASON TO TRY TO TALK!

    February 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Jimi Atlas

    I find it incredible that in a state of such incredible environmental beauty and unspoiled forests we have neo-con environment haters like Palin in charge. Weird.

    February 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Eric2

    They're killing them to keep up the numbers of moose and caribou. Just as in Florida they recently engaged a lottery to hunt alligators, as their numbers were geting out of control.

    February 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Ben

    Wolves kill Elk and other animals. They only eat a small portion and leave the rest. There is a reason we got rid of wolves years ago. If you like wolves put them in your backyard.

    February 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Clair

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

    You are so ignorant. This is way more than nothing. This is a manifestation of love, love for animals in this case. Not the 'hatred' of anything and anyone who does not agree with it. This is reserved to you as you show in your own words.
    And if trying to protect wild life is a perversion, I would assume you think that the killing of the wildlife must be what your God intented then?

    You are just one of those stupid radicals that help to create the stereotype that all right wingers are mean and greedy people that care nothing about other living creatures.

    February 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. lorenzo

    Judd should act. Who cares what she thinks and shame on people who can't think for themselves and depend out hollywood to do there thinking for them.

    February 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Brian

    While I'm not a fan of Palin, I gotta say, this is an issue I can't really fault her for.

    If the wolves are stealing your primary sources of meat, then kill the wolves; aerial sniping is just efficient.

    Though I can perfectly understand people who care more about animals than I do making an issue of this. Odds are the hunters are killing more wolves than is probably necessary.

    February 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. david Armendale, SF, CA

    If I were Ashley, I'd start wearing a flak jacket and take cover when ever there's a chopper nearby. Sarah be gunnin for that girl.

    February 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. B of OH

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

    Why must you twist a disagreement into hatred? Because one does not agree with you does not mean they are hateful. Everyone is entitled to their OPINION without being subject to the ever-popular name calling.

    February 4, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Tim

    Funny how the group is claiming that Palin is anti-conservation, when killing the wolves is meant to protect the caribou and moose population. As far as aerial shooting deemed "brutal and unnecessary" that is rediculous as well. Alaska is a big land mass. Not so easy to travel by foot so why not use a helicopter? The method which facilitates the shooting doesn't change the fact that you still shoot it dead. What I am saying is, shooting while sitting in a helicopter isn't much different than shooting while standing on the ground. In reality, shooting from a helicopter would give the wolves a better chance of surviving since the helicopter could be a rather unstable shooting platform, then the ground.

    February 4, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. TJS in MN

    Perhaps Ms Judd would prefer the wolves captured and released into her neighborhood. She's all upset about the deaths of the wolves, but she's pro-abortion and has no problem with dead babies.

    February 4, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Swampy

    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 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Lisa

    Maybe with an "Eye on Sarah" some more of her crazy anti-environmental policies will be talked about more. How about her contesting the designation of endangered Belugas becuase it would "hamper development".

    February 4, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Martin

    On November 5th, 2008, I was hoping Caribou Barbie would disappear. Oh well.

    February 4, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Bob Franklin

    Sarah Palin should invite Ms. Judd up to Alaska to express her views to the Alaskan people. I doubt she has ever been there. It would be interesting to see how she was received. This campaign has nothing to do with wildlife and everything to do with partisan politics.

    February 4, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. mike

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

    Give me a freaking break. Don't act like your party doesn't do this equally as much. Aren't you the ones who go to all costs so that loving people can't marry each other.

    February 4, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. ann

    Geez, at least make it a fair fight. Cowardly to gun down animals from the air.

    February 4, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. KateLynn

    Using Palin to highlight the issue of aerial killing is perfectly fine. Wolves are native to AK and the native, caribou and moose populations have lived them for centuries. Palin and her aerial-killers are johnny-come-lately who should leave the wolves alone.

    Good job, Defenders of Wildlife. Palin finally remembered "hard-pressed Americans" is ludicrous. Where were they when she went on shopping sprees at Nieman Marcus?

    February 4, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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