Sarah Palin Encourages Aerial Wolf Hunting, Ignores Animal Rights

Governor Sarah Palin supports the use of aerial wolf hunting as a means to curb the wolf population in Alaska. This tactic known as “predator control” is designed to boost the wolves prey population of caribou and moose. However, many question the rationale behind the wolves’ systematic extermination. Accusations have been made that the measure clears the path for hunters to not only kill the wolves but also increases the population of game for sport hunting. With the reduction of the wolf population and influx of game population overgrazing occurs, which weakens plant supply and increases possible disease outbreaks.

Palin has already spent $400,000 on a campaign to preserve the practice. Additionally, much of Alaska’s appeal to tourists is based on its natural wildlife including wolves, bears and caribou, not hunting. An article from the Washington Independent provides these chilling facts:

In a program begun by ex-Gov. Frank Murkowski, and intensified by Palin, Alaska has sponsored the aerial hunting of more than 800 wolves since 2002 — out of a state population of perhaps 9,000. Pilots chase the wolves through the deep snow, sometimes for miles, until the exhausted animals have slowed enough to be blown away with shotguns. Then the plane lands and finishes the job, unless the wounded wolf has managed to crawl into the deep woods to bleed to death in solitude.

Palin, who won office with the support of powerful hunting groups, has intensified the “cull.” She pushed to offer a bounty to hunters who brought in a left wolf paw (lopped off with a chain saw) and extended the kill order to grizzly and black bears — including sows and their cubs. Before a state court ruled the practice illegal, she offered a bounty of $150 for every slain wolf.

Watch this video from the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, which raises the question: “do we really want a Vice President who champions such savagery?”

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30 thoughts on “Sarah Palin Encourages Aerial Wolf Hunting, Ignores Animal Rights

  1. Anonymous

    “I fear Sarah Palin because she’s FUCKING PSYCHO and promotes ideas and values that are completely opposite from mine as well as half the country.”…and YOUR values are completely opposite from mine and half the country. But I still like you. Peace.

  2. Anonymous

    “I fear Sarah Palin because she’s FUCKING PSYCHO and promotes ideas and values that are completely opposite from mine as well as half the country.”

    …and YOUR values are completely opposite from mine and half the country. But I still like you. Peace.

  3. Anonymous

    To 2:19:I fear Sarah Palin because she’s FUCKING PSYCHO and promotes ideas and values that are completely opposite from mine as well as half the country. I fear her because she’s been able to persuade and attract people who have completely opposite values from her just based on her rural, down-to-earth, look-i-can-juggle-five-kids-one-with-down-syndrome-and-one-whos-pregnant-while-governing-the-country persona. And she’s gotten to her position based on her own achievments? WHAT ACHIEVEMENTS? Being someone who just so happens to fit John McCain’s political campaign to distract voters about what really matters? I’m sorry, but Hillary Clinton has actually worked REALLY hard for this country and Palin hasn’t done squat compared to her.

  4. Anonymous

    To 2:19:

    I fear Sarah Palin because she’s FUCKING PSYCHO and promotes ideas and values that are completely opposite from mine as well as half the country. I fear her because she’s been able to persuade and attract people who have completely opposite values from her just based on her rural, down-to-earth, look-i-can-juggle-five-kids-one-with-down-syndrome-and-one-whos-pregnant-while-governing-the-country persona.

    And she’s gotten to her position based on her own achievments? WHAT ACHIEVEMENTS? Being someone who just so happens to fit John McCain’s political campaign to distract voters about what really matters? I’m sorry, but Hillary Clinton has actually worked REALLY hard for this country and Palin hasn’t done squat compared to her.

  5. Anonymous

    Maxliving – I didn’t think of that, but George HW Bush also shares the same first and one middle name as the current president, so that’s not an ideal situation either. Whatever happened to calling him W?

  6. Anonymous

    Maxliving – I didn’t think of that, but George HW Bush also shares the same first and one middle name as the current president, so that’s not an ideal situation either. Whatever happened to calling him W?

  7. Anonymous

    I think it’s pretty easy to see why some people here (and some nationally) seem to really FEAR Sarah Palin. The idea that the first female VP could be an articulate, intelligent and (according to polls) very likable individual who also has gotten to her position on her own achievements (unlike Hillary, who rode Bill’s coat tails and his name) while bucking men and the system (she took down a long time republican senator and governor along the way too!). She’s basically a feminist’s dream – except for the part where she’s pro life, unapologetically hetero and Christian. Best of all, she’s only 44. I understand your terror and frustration. Get used to it. Mrs. Palin is the new Reagan, only younger and more energetic. This should be lots of fun.

  8. Anonymous

    I think it’s pretty easy to see why some people here (and some nationally) seem to really FEAR Sarah Palin. The idea that the first female VP could be an articulate, intelligent and (according to polls) very likable individual who also has gotten to her position on her own achievements (unlike Hillary, who rode Bill’s coat tails and his name) while bucking men and the system (she took down a long time republican senator and governor along the way too!). She’s basically a feminist’s dream – except for the part where she’s pro life, unapologetically hetero and Christian. Best of all, she’s only 44. I understand your terror and frustration. Get used to it. Mrs. Palin is the new Reagan, only younger and more energetic. This should be lots of fun.

  9. maxliving

    Except we have always referred to Bush using his last name, even though there was a president with that name before him.

  10. Anonymous

    So we need to say “CLINTON” for Hillary, 12:54, but it’s OK for 10:12 to refer to Mrs. Palin as “this woman”? Your liberal bias is showing.

  11. maxliving

    Except we have always referred to Bush using his last name, even though there was a president with that name before him.

  12. Anonymous

    So we need to say “CLINTON” for Hillary, 12:54, but it’s OK for 10:12 to refer to Mrs. Palin as “this woman”? Your liberal bias is showing.

  13. Anonymous

    Would people be referring to her on a first name basis if her husband hadn’t already been President. I see it as a way of differentiating, not blatant sexism.

  14. Anonymous

    Would people be referring to her on a first name basis if her husband hadn’t already been President. I see it as a way of differentiating, not blatant sexism.

  15. Anonymous

    CLINTON, 10:12. politicians are referred to by their last names as a sign of respect. women politicians deserve that courtesy as well.

  16. Anonymous

    CLINTON, 10:12. politicians are referred to by their last names as a sign of respect. women politicians deserve that courtesy as well.

  17. Anonymous

    OK, come on – the woman is already out on her personal participation in, and love of, moose and caribou hunting. Do they think that anyone who is going to vote for her know that will change their minds because of this? You either like her or you don’t. She’s as polarizing as Hillary.

  18. Anonymous

    OK, come on – the woman is already out on her personal participation in, and love of, moose and caribou hunting. Do they think that anyone who is going to vote for her know that will change their minds because of this? You either like her or you don’t. She’s as polarizing as Hillary.

  19. Tracy H.

    I agree with the third anonymous’ reply.This is but one issue that sheds a very bad light on McCain/Palin. There are plenty more out there: — endlessly fighting in Iraq, — taxing our healthcare benefits, — destroying more of our environment by drilling offshore (and Palin said she’ll urge McCain to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge), — banning a woman’s right to choose, stem cells have been mentioned but you can be sure Palin opposes that, — teaching creationism in school, — continuing the Bush legacy of lies and reducing civil liberties.

  20. Tracy H.

    I agree with the third anonymous’ reply.

    This is but one issue that sheds a very bad light on McCain/Palin. There are plenty more out there:
    — endlessly fighting in Iraq,
    — taxing our healthcare benefits,
    — destroying more of our environment by drilling offshore (and Palin said she’ll urge McCain to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge),
    — banning a woman’s right to choose, stem cells have been mentioned but you can be sure Palin opposes that,
    — teaching creationism in school,
    — continuing the Bush legacy of lies and reducing civil liberties.

  21. Anonymous

    I understand that there are more pressing, and probably more important issues at stake in this election, however note that Obama is not the one sponsoring this ad, it is the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund that is funding this particular television advertisement. It is this organization’s personal choice to highlight this negative feature of Palin’s political views and values. I would agree with the above comments if Obama was allocating his own campaign money towards this one point, rather than focusing upon the more critical issues of this election, but he is not.Additionally, sometimes it’s these secondary issues that haven’t been discussed with the same frequency in the media as the primary issues, that really change peoples’ perceptions of candidates. Afterall look at what McCain’s negative ad campaigns address–Obama ostensibly teaching five year olds about the birds and the bees…

  22. Anonymous

    I understand that there are more pressing, and probably more important issues at stake in this election, however note that Obama is not the one sponsoring this ad, it is the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund that is funding this particular television advertisement. It is this organization’s personal choice to highlight this negative feature of Palin’s political views and values.

    I would agree with the above comments if Obama was allocating his own campaign money towards this one point, rather than focusing upon the more critical issues of this election, but he is not.

    Additionally, sometimes it’s these secondary issues that haven’t been discussed with the same frequency in the media as the primary issues, that really change peoples’ perceptions of candidates. Afterall look at what McCain’s negative ad campaigns address–Obama ostensibly teaching five year olds about the birds and the bees…

  23. Anonymous

    Agree, 9:26. There’s Iraq, the economy, energy, education, stem cell research and this is what they want to spend resources/TV/Internet time on? Make Obama look like he’s grasping for issues. The big O better get his eye back on the ball or he’ll be trading “how I screwed up a slam dunk presidential election” stories with John Kerry.

  24. Anonymous

    Agree, 9:26. There’s Iraq, the economy, energy, education, stem cell research and this is what they want to spend resources/TV/Internet time on? Make Obama look like he’s grasping for issues. The big O better get his eye back on the ball or he’ll be trading “how I screwed up a slam dunk presidential election” stories with John Kerry.

  25. Anonymous

    This is quite possibly the worst argument I’ve ever heard for voting against McCain/Palin. Even if you give a shit about killing wolves that otherwise would wipe out their prey (coincidentally, also animals), how is this AT ALL related to national politics or how she would serve as Vice President?

  26. Anonymous

    This is quite possibly the worst argument I’ve ever heard for voting against McCain/Palin. Even if you give a shit about killing wolves that otherwise would wipe out their prey (coincidentally, also animals), how is this AT ALL related to national politics or how she would serve as Vice President?

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