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Tell Sarah Palin To Stop Aerial Killing Of Wolves In Alaska

March 3, 2009

I think the way we treat animals is indicative of what type of person we are.  When it comes to Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin there is no more that needs to be said.

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Wildlife activists thought they had seen the worst in 2003 when Frank Murkowski, then the Republican governor of Alaska, signed a bill ramping up state programs to gun down wild wolves from airplanes, inviting average citizens to participate. Wolves, Murkowski believed, were clearly better than humans at killing elk and moose, and humans needed to even the playing field.

But that was before Sarah Palin took Murkowski’s job at the end of 2006. She went one step, or paw, further. Palin didn’t think Alaskans should be allowed to chase wolves from aircraft and shoot them — they should be encouraged to do so. Palin’s administration put a bounty on wolves’ heads, or to be more precise, on their mitts.

In early 2007, Palin’s administration approved an initiative to pay a $150 bounty to hunters who killed a wolf from an airplane in certain areas, hacked off the left foreleg, and brought in the appendage. Ruling that the Palin administration didn’t have the authority to offer payments, a state judge quickly put a halt to them but not to the shooting of wolves from aircraft.

The steps we can take to fight the callous and low-brow style of living and governing that is the hallmark of Sarah Palin, her family, and her administraion is often just the act of one person taking a stand, and then another, and another….

This is one way to get the whole family involved, and also allow parents to instill values and respect for animals that we live with on this planet.

I encourage a robust and energetic rebuke to those, like Sarah Palin, who feel nothing when killing a wolf.  And then on top of that, doing so from an aircraft!

I truly feel there are parts of hell for those who harm the least among us, and I think those who abuse animals are near the top of that list.

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