Have you heard about the latest despute?
Actress Ashley Judd, and the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund,
After a video starring Ashley Judd talking about Palin and the aerial wolf hunting was released, Palin’s official website shot back:
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.
In response to Palin’s statement, the president of the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, Rodger Schlickeisen, issued the following statement:
As we’ve seen before, what you often get in response from Governor Palin when she is challenged is not a rational defense of what she’s doing, but rather name calling and a very transparent attempt at spin control. But then again, since there is no defense for her aerial wolf slaughter program, it may be that she feels there really isn’t much else she can do.
Governor Palin speaks of “science” supporting her aerial killing program, but in spite of numerous requests, they have never produced anything even resembling reasonable scientific justification. Her state agencies have not carefully monitored predator populations and have not even provided evidence that the aerial killing is accomplishing their own stated objectives. Literally hundreds of wildlife scientists have repeatedly condemned her program and she has not once provided any evidence to refute their charges that what she is doing is unscientific.
And if the Governor is so concerned about making sure Alaskans living at the margin have enough to eat, as her statement claims, why then does she force Alaska subsistence hunters to compete with other resident and out-of-state hunters for the supposedly scarce meat in the killing areas? Also, why has she consistently opposed adoption of ‘rural preference’, which would give subsistence hunters priority access to moose and caribou in these areas?
Deception and deflection are all that that Governor Palin has ever offered in place of justification for her aerial killing program. By calling us ‘extremists’ she is suggesting that our opposition to her policies and actions is out of step with the way the majority of Americans view her brutal, unethical wildlife slaughter. But it is she who is the extremist in this case. And she knows it.
From their website….
Help Us End Aerial Hunting of Alaska’s Wolves
Over the past five years, Alaska’s aerial hunting program has claimed the lives of more than 800 hundred wolves. Despite strong scientific, ethical and public opposition to aerial hunting, Governor Sarah Palin has…
- Proposed paying a $150 bounty for the left foreleg of each dead wolf.
- Approved a $400,000 state-funded propaganda campaign to promote aerial hunting.
- Introduced legislation to make it even easier to use aircraft to hunt wolves and bears.
Fill out the form below to send a message to Alaska Governor Sarah Palin urging her to end the state’s unfounded aerial hunting program immediately.
Palin’s Extreme Anti-Conservation Agenda to be Exposed in National Campaign
Actress and activist Ashley Judd lends support to Defenders Action Fund’s new website monitoring Palin’s ongoing assault on Alaska’s environment
WASHINGTON –Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund today launched a national campaign to expose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s renewed anti-conservation agenda. The Action Fund first highlighted Palin’s record in Alaska during last fall’s presidential campaign when it ran TV ads across battleground states, highlighting Palin’s championing of the brutal and unnecessary aerial killing of wolves and other carnivores.
“Sarah Palin isn’t fading into the background, so neither are we,” commented Defenders Action Fund President Rodger Schlickeisen. “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 list is long, and we will document it all, from her continued promotion of the aerial slaughter of wolves and bears, to her lawsuit to remove the polar bear from the endangered species list, even as the sea ice melts beneath it.”
Defenders Action Fund’s campaign to expose Gov. Palin’s anti-wildlife agenda has attracted the support of actress and activist, Ashley Judd, who narrates the new video on www.eyeonpalin.org.
“I am outraged by Sarah Palin’s promotion of this cruel, unscientific and senseless practice which has no place in modern America,” commented Ms. Judd. “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.”
Governor Palin is expected shortly to introduce state legislation that would dramatically expand the aerial killing program by removing the few remaining scientific requirements from the program.
During the 2008 presidential election Defenders Action Fund ran several TV ads exposing the realities of the Alaska governor’s aerial killing program. The ads stimulated public outrage at Palin’s treatment of wolves and other wildlife in her state, helping President Obama to win six swing states. The new website – www.eyeonpalin.org – thus builds on the organization’s previous efforts to educate the public about both the aerial killing program and Palin’s wider anti-conservation agenda.
“While the country moves on in a new wave of hope and determination to solve our nation’s problems, Governor Palin is still stuck in the last century, along with the other global warming deniers. But our new website will track every harmful step she takes with regard to Alaska’s environment and natural resources,” concluded Schlickeisen.
The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund (www.defendersactionfund.org) provides a powerful voice in Washington to Americans who value our conservation heritage. Through grassroots lobbying, issue advocacy and political campaigns, the Action Fund champions those laws and lawmakers that protect wildlife and wild places while working against those that do them harm.
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