Sarah Palin blasts Defenders of Wildlife for new anti-Palin campaign

Sarah Palin responds to a Defenders of Wildlife ad campaign targeting her support of aerial wolf hunting.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on Wednesday responded to a Defenders of Wildlife campaign criticizing her support of a controversial predator control program in Alaska.

Just like Joe the Plumber, Sarah Palin continues to be in the news.

Although Ms. Palin may not prefer to be lumped in with Mr. Plumber Mr. Wurzelbacher, both were a part of the Republican presidential campaign, both are active now in Republican politics, and both are getting a lot of news attention.

Palin, as the governor of Alaska and possible presidential candidate, and Wurzelbacher as adviser to the GOP on the economy (not to mention war correspondent, author, country western singer, and plumber).

Defenders of Wildlife

Regardless, on Monday, the environmental advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife went after Governor Palin for her support of a predator-control program in Alaska.

The reason they're focusing on her? It'll make news. According to a statement from the group, she's a high profile target.

"Sarah Palin isn't fading into the background, so neither are we," said Defenders Action Fund President Rodger Schlickeisen in a statement. "Given her known political aspirations, the American public deserves to know what she's doing in Alaska, and about her extreme anti-conservation policies."

The policy in question is aerial hunting. Specifically, shooting wolves from helicopters. Defenders calls it cruel. Palin calls it wildlife management.

Eye on Palin

Defenders launched a new website ( and actress Ashley Judd is cause's spokeswoman.

"I am outraged by Sarah Palin's promotion of this cruel, unscientific and senseless practice which has no place in modern America," Ms. Judd said in a statement. "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."

Predator control

Palin doesn't see it that way. Although the practice might seem akin to throwing dynamite in a lake for catching trout, in Alaska, they call it predator control.

She says the new commercial perverts the issue.

“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," Palin said in a statement.

"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," the statement concluded.

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