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Friday, February 6, 2009

Sarah Palin V. Ashley Judd

Wildlife group, Ashley Judd take aim at Gov. Palin

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An animal rights group is getting help from actress Ashley Judd in its campaign to try to stop Alaska's practice of killing wolves and bears from airplanes.

Judd appears in a new Internet video for Defenders of Wildlife, and targets not only the state's predator control program but also one of the program's chief supporters, Gov. Sarah Palin.

"It's time to stop Sarah Palin and stop this senseless savagery," Judd says in the video posted on a Web site operated by the political arm of the group, Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund.

Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, countered that the program is scientifically based and an important tool to sustain moose and caribou populations for Alaska subsistence hunters.

In Alaska, private citizens are permitted to shoot wolves from the air or conduct land-and-shoot hunting of wolves in rural areas. Defenders of Wildlife says more than 800 wolves have been killed since the program began almost five years ago.

Along with Judd's videotaped segment, the animal rights group asks for donations to help end the predator control program, possibly through federal legislation.

Palin said it was "reprehensible and hypocritical" that the group would use the state and her administration as a fundraising tool.

It's not the first time Defenders of Wildlife has targeted Palin. Last fall, when Palin was John McCain's running mate, it ran ads in several states denouncing Palin and the predator control program, and raised more than $1 million. Judd had campaigned for President Barack Obama during the campaign.


Ashley Judd: Breathless

By Jeff Dufour and Kiki Ryan

POSTED January 27, 2009 | 4:20 PM
Ladies room

Among the millions of people who are excited by the election of President Obama is Ashley Judd, as she demonstrated at the 40th birthday luncheon for NARAL Pro-Choice America at the Hilton Washington Tuesday.

After flubbing a few lines, Judd, who emceed the event, stopped and said, "I need to take a breath. I get so excited."

After a brief slide show featuring Bush and other anti-abortion politicians, during which the crowd booed and hissed, Judd remarked, "It's so nice to live in America again."

NARAL President Nancy Keenan, whom Judd called the "Barbra Streisand of the pro-choice movement" because "she does it all," had the mostly female crowd cracking-up during her speech, as she showed a picture of the bathroom at NARAL's headquarters, which sports a photo of President Bush signing anti-abortion legislation.

"Can you think of a better birthday gift?" Keenan questioned as the picture morphed into the new president and this year's newly elected Democratic senators.


My Thoughts
If Ashley cared half as much about human babies as she cares about the wolves, I might actually care about what she says.

Just for your information Ashley: if they didn't control the wolf population in Alaska, the wolves would take out all of the moose and caribou. If all the caribou and moose were killed, there would be nothing for the wolves to eat and all of them would die out anyway. It would, also, cause a severe food shortage for people as many Alaskans rely on moose and caribou for everyday food.

"According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, predators kill more than 80 percent of the moose and caribou that die there in a given year."

Wolves are the main predators. If it was not kept in check, it would be disasterous for Alaskans and their environment.

"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 a statement, "Our predator-control programs are scientific and successful at protecting vulnerable wildlife."

Think before you talk, Ms. Judd. A little research wouldn't hurt either.


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