Actress Judd goes after Palin over aerial wolf killing
David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster
Published: Tuesday February 3, 2009

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It seems as though Campaign 2012 is already underway.

In a new video advertisement, Hollywood personality Ashley Judd slams Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin--former running mate of Sen. John McCain in his failed bid for the presidency--for her support of aerial wolf hunting in the state.

"Now back in Alaska, Palin is again casting aside science and championing the slaughter of wildlife," says Judd.

The ad is part of a campaign by the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, which has launched a Web site to counter what they say is Palin's "anti-conservation agenda."

"Palin even proposed a $150 bounty for the severed foreleg of each killed wolf," Judd continues. "And now she is encouraging even more aerial killing. It is time to stop Sarah Palin and stop this senseless savagery."

The Defenders first highlighted Palin's record in Alaska amid 2008's presidential race, running TV ads across battleground states and focusing on Palin's "championing of the brutal and unnecessary aerial killing of wolves and other carnivores," said the group in a media advisory.

"I am outraged by Sarah Palin's promotion of this cruel, unscientific and senseless practice which has no place in modern America," said Judd in a published statement. "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."

A recent Rasmussen poll found a full 55 percent of Republicans think the party at large should be "more like" Sarah Palin.

This video is from Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, broadcast Feb. 3, 2009.

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