The Sarah Palin/Ashley Judd Feud Continues

ImageThis week the group Defenders of Wildlife launched a campaign against Alaska Governor, and probable 2012 Republican presidential candidate. Sarah Palin’s state program of aerial wolf hunting. Palin defended the program as animal control, while the group calls it slaughter.

Here is the Ashley Judd narrated video:

Ashley Judd, who during the 2008 campaign call women who vote for Palin suicidal, said in a press release, “I am outraged by Sarah Palin’s promotion of this cruel, unscientific and senseless practice, which has no place in modern America. Because she is apparently determined to continue and expand this horrific program, I am grateful that Defenders will aggressively fight to stop her. I am proud to be a part of that effort.”

In a statement Palin called the campaign a distortion, “The ad campaign by this extreme fringe group, as Alaskans have witnessed over the last several years, distorts the facts about Alaska’s wildlife management 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. Our predator control programs are scientific and successful at protecting vulnerable wildlife. These audacious fundraising attempts misrepresent what goes on in Alaska, and I encourage people to learn the facts about Alaska’s positive record of managing wildlife for abundance.”

Today Scientific American weighed in with an article that features an interview with wildlife biologist Shawn Haskell who has studied wolf and caribou populations in Alaska. Haskell said that there is a stronger link between bears and caribou than between wolves and caribou. He suggested that the Alaska predator program should be more targeted towards bears.

“Wolves, however, aren’t necessarily the big problem. Bears can be a bigger issue than wolves when it comes to the survival of moose young. The whole predator control focus seems to be aimed at wolves from a general standpoint. I’m not sure that’s always appropriate. Bears are held to a different standard. You have to hire a guide to hunt a bear if you are a nonresident—it’s a big business in Alaska. They are also less visible. Wolves exist in packs. They howl at night when they are hunting,” Haskell said.

“Moose calves have a “hider” strategy. They hide in the vegetation, and that makes them susceptible to bears. That’s why I find it very interesting that people want to increase moose populations, but they talk about culling wolves. I’ve questioned that myself. It doesn’t have to do with science, it’s just the way it is,” Haskell continued. I think Mr. Haskell hit the nail on the head. This has little to do with science, and everything to do with politics and tourism. Bear hunting brings tourists and money.

Plus culturally the wolf has been assigned the role of the villain, so it is easy to hunt wolves because they are the predatory bad guys. As far as the Ashley Judd is concerned, this won’t be the last time she will be taking shots at Palin (pun intended). Politically, this could work out for both Palin and Defenders of Wildlife. The group probably got lots of visitors to their new website eyeonpalin.org, and Palin gets to appeal to conservative base by doing battle with liberal conservationists.

She is claiming that the group is trying to use her to raise money, “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.” It was a terrible idea for Palin to issue a statement from the governor’s office about the ad campaign. Her actions once again prove that she views the governor’s office as nothing more than a stepping stone to a White House bid.

9 Replies to “The Sarah Palin/Ashley Judd Feud Continues”

  1. Didn´t Alaska VOTE to abolish this twice?
    AND since when IS DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE a fringe group? Typical Palin spin…and kind of dispicable .

  2. non Alaska residents are not allowed to shoot the Wolves, BUT, they are allowed to come in and shoot the caribou!

    It’s big tourist/hunting business in Alaska. So SPalin, who gets boatloads of donations from these hunting conglomerates, gets some trumped up policy on the Wolves, kills them, which in turn makes the Caribou population soar, so then they’ll conveniently have to “thin the herd”. This is not about wildlife management, this is big business. Cute how Plain made it about DEFENDERS trying to sink people for money. DEFENDERS have been railing about this aerial killing since the yaer 2000, PRE Palin, but leave it to Palin to deflect from what she is specifically doing to someone else. $$$$ARAH PALIN.

    The youtube video LARRY KING-Asley Judd is very enlightening. The indiginous people have ASKED Palin to extend THEIR hunting, but Palin said NO to them!

  3. You have absolutley no comcept of reality.
    ============================

    …AND THEN anonymous goes on to SAY…
    when you have YOUR MONTHLY, go walk into the wilderness and be surrounded by 150 wolves…

    Anonymous you JUST spun a wild, stupid, mean spirited fantasy…

    Ashly Judd has NO concept of REALITY but YOU came up with THIS from your febrile imagination!!!

    OH the IRONY…………

    Anonymous, THE IRONY, lol!!!!

    Oh, you Palin supporters can you smell the IRONY, it REEKS like………

  4. Palin needs to stop the sadistic hunt on wolves with planes and helicopters. Money and tourism is fueling this war on wolves. You need to throw her in a pit with some hungry wolves and let her feel what it is liked to be stalked, tortured and killed. Nature will balance itself out, if all the Palins of the world would just leave it alone. In todays world where we raise our own meat and you go to a grocery store, there is no need to hunt these animals. I am not against hunting, but you hunt what you are going to eat, and not by helicopter or airplane. Level the playing field and hunt in the woods with a rifle like most normal folks do.

  5. Thank you MS. Judd for going out on a limb and bringing the much needed attention against aerial hunting / inhumane slaughter.

    All the EXCUSES in the world combined do not make this horrific act acceptable.

    We must find a way to Finally Stop the Selfish Narrow-minded reasoning. The caribou and moose population is REALLY diminishing due to the massive increase of the Alaskan population. Not only are the caribou and moose a primary food source for this state, but Hunting is the Alaskan’s Favorite form of amusement, how convenient for them.

    If Alaskan’s laid off the moose and caribou for a while, their numbers would increase. Maybe they are, but now they’re are going after the wolves.

    If the wolves really are disturbing the echo-structure, They Could Catch / Sterilize & Release, like Feral Cats. But that would take away from their killing enjoyment.

    Palin has not only manipulated the laws to appease the hunters, though her and supporters won’t call it hunting, but used over $400,000 to do it.

    Man destroyed the environment where these wolves previously resided, so Man Moved them to Alaska, for what… to give Alaskan’s a better variety of Killing.

    As long as the greed & selfishness of man continue to take advantage of the natural resources and wildlife, Hunting / Killing is the only way narrow-minded thinkers can resolve the problems, when the selfishness of man has caused All the Problems in the first place.

    Stop already and Stop Palin. She has a lot of nerve calling Defenders of Wildlife and their supporters hypocrites. Palin refused to See Herself for who She Really is… a true hypocrite.

    Thank you Ashley for your voice and efforts toward the protection of Our Wildlife.

    The wildlife, which includes the Wolves in Alaska Belong to the Citizens of this Country, not just Alaska.
    Aerial Hunting and governor Palin are nothing more than barbaric, and show the worst of humanity and mankind.

  6. Those are easily the dumbest comments I have ever seen on the internet, which is quite a feat. Congratulations, Anonymous.

  7. Palin’s a Pathological Liar and a BiPolar Narcissist!! Get her out of the limelight Now!!

    Rock on Ashley Judd!! Liked her before; Love her now!!:)

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