Watch vid: Sarah Palin and Animals
Warning: Some images are of Sarah Palin and animals she has killed or encouraged others to kill. These images and footage may be disturbing to some viewers. This is the reality for millions.
Please note, neither the GOP or the Dems or any international government has any kind of animal rights record to speak of, and a very poor "animal welfare" record. However, we tend to focus on conservative parties because they always protect the profits of corporations over the rights of non-humans every time. Please also note that many US politicians tend to support hunting and are afraid to speak out against the NRA.
To sum up contents, Sarah Palin's actions personally and as governor are of great concern at best. The following starts with the personal then moves on to Governor Palin's public record.
1. Sarah Palin is a lifetime NRA member and hunter as is her husband. They own a commercial fishing business. She hunts moose, wears fur, ice fishes, and (from photos) appears to own a bearskin rug.
2. Sarah Palin's husband's favorite sport to participate in is dogsled racing.
3. As governor, Sarah Palin supports the brutal aerial hunting of wolves and bears and authorized $400,000 in state funds to oppose a ballot initiative ending aerial hunting. State voters have twice before voted to ban such hunting.
4. As governor, in order to increase wolf hunting, Sarah Palin offered hunters a bounty of $150 each for every left front foreleg of a wolf they could provide the state.
5. In a region west of Anchorage, she authorized the killing of up to 70% of all bears (1400 bears) including mothers and cubs.
6. Alaskan Governor Palin sued the federal government (the Bush-Cheney administration) to keep polar bears from being listed as an endangered species.
7. Sarah Palin supports and promotes the brutal Iditarod dogsled races.
8. She opposed the closing of an unprofitable state-run dairy and authorized $600,000 in state funds to keep it open.
9. Sarah Palin supports drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), an extremely sensitive region where millions of animals could be harmed or killed. Senator John McCain has long opposed this drilling as do most energy experts who see it as useless.
10. Sarah Palin (Vice presidential choice by Senator John McCain) has publicly stated that global warming is a "farce" and is not caused by humans even though her state and the animals in it suffer some of the most dramatic consequences.
In essence, regarding animals and the environment, she may be the worst vice-presidential candidate in history.
More importantly, this raises great concerns about ability of Senator John McCain to make sound considered choices and decisions. eg choosing a Vice President who is a climate change skeptic at this dangerous stage in the Earth's history.
Defenders of Wildlife Launch Attack on Palin
By JOSH GERSTEIN, Staff Reporter of the Sun | September 8, 2008
Some political groups are readying tough television commercials attacking the Republican vice presidential nominee, Governor Palin of Alaska, even as a robust debate takes place in Democratic circles about whether and how to try to counter the energy and excitement the self-described "hockey mom" has brought to the Republican ticket headed by Senator McCain of Arizona.
One of the most hard-hitting attacks to be floated publicly came from Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, which posted a minute-long video on the Internet decrying her support for aerial hunting.
"Governor Sarah Palin champions the barbaric hunting of wolves and bears from planes," a graphic in the video says as ominous music plays in the background. The video then cuts to shots of men in a small aircraft firing from the air at a lone wolf frantically racing away through the snow. "She proposed a $150 bounty for the foreleg of each dead wolf," the video says. In a particularly jarring sequence, a shot of a bloody and lifeless wolf suspended from an airplane wing cuts to a still photo of the smiling visage of Mrs. Palin.
"The American people need to know this," a spokesman for Defenders of Wildlife, William Lutz, said yesterday. Asked if the group was planning to air the video or portions of it as a television commercial, Mr. Lutz said, "That's a potential, yes. There's plenty of time to move on some sort of ad campaign."
Mr. Lutz said the video could blunt Mrs. Palin's appeal to suburban mothers and other female voters. "It's possible there's a side of Governor Palin women do not yet know and when they find it out they will find it distasteful," he said. Other groups have signaled plans to draw attention to Mrs. Palin's opposition to listing polar bears as a threatened species.
Mrs. Palin's anti-abortion views have been denounced by women's groups such as Planned Parenthood, Naral Pro-Choice America, and Emily's List. However, so far, there are no indications that they plan to roll out commercials directly challenging Mrs. Palin.
An official with one of the groups said they were waiting to see whether poll data show Mrs. Palin helping Mr. McCain make inroads with women who support abortion rights. "If it turns out to be something where she is appealing to women voters, maybe we will amplify it and begin pointing her out specifically," the official, who asked not to be named, said.
The campaign of the Democratic presidential nominee, Senator Obama of Illinois, has been cautious and almost reserved in its response to Mrs. Palin's nomination, perhaps because of lingering concerns among some Democrats that sexism played a role in his primary victory over Senator Clinton. Appearing on ABC's "This Week" yesterday, Mr. Obama used a refrain aimed at reminding Americans that the Alaska governor is a mere mortal and a political operative at that. "I think she's a skilled politician. She wouldn't be the governor of Alaska if she wasn't a skilled politician and I think her performance at the convention showed what a skilled politician she is," Mr. Obama said.
Mr. Obama's running mate, Senator Biden of Delaware, said yesterday that he has no special concerns about debating a female candidate. "I've debated an awful lot of tough, smart women," Mr. Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Mr. Biden rejected the idea that Mrs. Palin will have a particular appeal to voters who supported Mrs. Clinton in the Democratic primary. "I think it's kind of demeaning to suggest that all women are going to vote for a woman just because she's a woman, even when she's diametrically opposed to everything Hillary stands for," he said. "So far I haven't heard one single policy position ? one single position that she has in common with Hillary."
Polls released yesterday showed Mr. McCain receiving a boost from the Republican convention, which ended Thursday. A Gallup survey had Mr. McCain leading Mr. Obama, 48% to 45%, while a Rasmussen poll had both tickets tied at 48%. The national numbers do not give a complete picture of a race that is ultimately a state-by-state contest for electoral votes.
One Democratic strategist said the selection of Mrs. Palin makes him suspect that Mr. McCain's team viewed him as badly behind as of last week. "Their polling must have shown them in worse shape than we think," the vice president of policy for a self-styled progressive think tank, James Kessler of Third Way, said.
Mr. Kessler said Democrats risked a backlash over any effort to go after Mrs. Palin, a proud moose hunter, on the gun issue or for being hostile to polar bears. "There's more of a downside for Democrats than an upside," he said. "The swing vote out there is more male than female. ... People already think Democrats care more about polar bears than people."
The strategist said aerial hunting would probably prompt little outrage in Michigan, but could turn off some voters in northern Virginia. "Barack doesn't need to win the white middle class, he needs to do better than Kerry and you don't do that by playing the gun card," Mr. Kessler said.
AERIAL WOLF HUNTING
A Look at Palin's Preferred Method of Killing Wolves.
Grist, David Roberts, August 31, 2008
Tonight Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will accept the Republican nomination for Vice President, a position that would put her second in line to be President of the United States. But before she accepts, I need your help to let America know where she stands on the brutal and needless aerial hunting of wolves and bears.
Watch our new video on Palin?s awful record and share it with everyone you know who cares abut wildlife.
Warning: This video is extremely disturbing. It contains graphic images of aerial hunting of wolves -- a brutal and needless practice that Governor Palin has fought hard to promote and expand.
Despite strong scientific, ethical and public opposition to aerial hunting, Governor 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.
If you care about wildlife, please watch this video right now -- and then share it with every friend, neighbor, conservationist and wildlife lover you know.
Tonight, all eyes will be on Governor Sarah Palin. Let?s make sure the whole nation knows about her awful record on aerial hunting and protecting wildlife.
Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund
P.S. Please also share our video on blogs, social networks and elsewhere. I?ve pasted the link to the video below to help you spread the word:
Sarah Palin with one of her daughters posing with a caribou she shot in Alaska.
Palin questions global warming science
September 2, 2008
Senator John McCain's choice of a running mate, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, has questioned the science behind predictions of sea ice loss linked to global warming.
She also favours drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Palin has also opposed a state initiative that would have banned metal mines from discharging pollution into salmon streams.
The Alaska Governor has said that she has tried to persuade McCain to agree with her on drilling in the wildlife refuge. She also has said that she was happy that he changed his position over the summer and now supports offshore oil drilling.
In oil-rich Alaska, most residents support Arctic Refuge drilling.
Palin's environmental views could get more of an airing now that she has landed on the national stage.
Last month, the state of Alaska under Palin's guidance sued Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne in an attempt to reverse his decision to list polar bears as a threatened species. Palin said that scientists' predictions that global warming would eliminate the ice where the bears live in summer were unreliable.
Arctic sea ice shrank to a record low by the end of last summer, and satellites now show that the ice has been reduced to a level very close to last year's with some days remaining before a new winter season begins.
The Anchorage Daily News reported in May that the head of the marine mammals program for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and two other marine mammal biologists on his staff agreed with nine studies the Federal Government cited to justify listing polar bears as a threatened species.
Their email appeared to contradict Palin's assertions that state wildlife officials had found no reason to list the bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Palin wrote in January that she based her opposition to listing the bears on "a comprehensive review by state wildlife officials of scientific information from a broad range of climate, ice and polar bear experts".
Palin created a commission to plan for how the state would try to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and to plan to adapt to warming, but she has not set emission reduction goals for Alaska.
"It's like asking somebody to construct a stadium without giving them a blueprint," said Kate Troll, the director of Alaska Conservation Voters.
Recently, Palin said publicly she would vote no on a state initiative that said no large metal mines would be permitted to pollute streams where salmon spawn.
The initiative was aimed at the Pebble mine near Bristol Bay, a major fishery. Voters defeated it on Tuesday.
Palin hasn't made a definitive statement about the mine, but the initiative was targeted at it.
I suppose that McCain thinks his choice of a woman ... any woman ... is a "feminist" act.
So much for his understanding of feminism.
Subject: Governor Sarah Palin
A few hours ago, the news broke that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been selected by Sen. John McCain as the vice presidential candidate for the Republican ticket.As a Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund supporter, you are no doubt aware of Governor Palin's dismal record, from her staunch support for special interests and Big Oil to her terrible assault on wolves and other wildlife. As much of the nation wonders just who Sarah Palin is, I wanted to pass along my statement that I've just released. Please read it and pass it along to everyone you know.Thanks for your continued support,Rodger
August 29, 2008
Shocking Choice by John McCainWASHINGTON-- Senator John McCain just announced his choice for running mate: Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. To follow is a statement by Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund."Senator McCain's choice for a running mate is beyond belief. By choosing Sarah Palin, McCain has clearly made a decision to continue the Bush legacy of destructive environmental policies."Sarah Palin, whose husband works for BP (formerly British Petroleum), has repeatedly put special interests first when it comes to the environment. In her scant two years as governor, she has lobbied aggressively to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, pushed for more drilling off of Alaska's coasts, and put special interests above science. Ms. Palin has made it clear through her actions that she is unwilling to do even as much as the Bush administration to address the impacts of global warming. Her most recent effort has been to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the polar bear from the endangered species list, putting Big Oil before sound science. As unbelievable as this may sound, this actually puts her to the right of the Bush administration. "This is Senator McCain's first significant choice in building his executive team and it's a bad one. It has to raise serious doubts in the minds of voters about John McCain's commitment to conservation, to addressing the impacts of global warming and to ensuring our country ends its dependency on oil."### 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.