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Sarah Palin Bites Back at Ashley Judd
Who’s really crying wolf?
-April Daniels Hussar
A few days ago the organization Defenders of Wildlife launched a video of Ashley Judd decrying Sarah Palin’s advocacy of aerial wolf-hunting. The video is part of a campaign “dedicated to exposing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s anti-conservation agenda.”
Now, Sarah Palin is firing back. In a statement released yesterday, the woman oft-referred-to as “Caribou Barbie” declared Defenders of Wildlife an “extreme fringe group” and chastised them for “twisting the truth” and trying to raise money for their cause from cash-strapped Americans.
“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.
“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’s no secret that Sarah Palin isn’t the biggest supporter of environmentalist causes – she recently redoubled her efforts to open up the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge to oil-drilling. But is this wolf-hunting actually a necessary evil to keep the population under control and things in balance?
According to the Defenders of Wildlife’s anti-Palin site EyeonPalin.org, “Palin offered a $150 bounty for wolves to entice hunters to kill more wolves in certain parts of the state, with hunters having to present a wolf’s foreleg to collect the bounty.” They also dispute Palin’s claim that she supports “predator management” via aerial-hunting because “Alaskans need to hunt for food” – if that’s true, they ask, then why are sportspeople the ones who support wolf-hunting and not advocates for the poor and hungry? And why are out-of-state hunters allowed to compete with Alaskan hunters for the “food?”
Those sound like good questions to me. But what I really want to know is … why Ashley Judd?