Tuesday, September 23, 2008

'The Humane Society Cites Sarah Palin as Reason For Endorsing Obama/Biden'

Post here. A quote from the endorsement:

Palin engineered a campaign of shooting predators from airplanes and helicopters, in order to artificially boost the populations of moose and caribou for trophy hunters. She offered a $150 bounty for the left foreleg of each dead wolf as an economic incentive for pilots and aerial gunners to kill more of the animals, even though Alaska voters had twice approved a ban on the practice. This year, the issue was up again for a vote of the people, and Palin led the fight against it -- in fact, she helped to spend $400,000 of public funds to defeat the initiative.

What's more, when the Bush Administration announced its decision to list the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, Palin filed a lawsuit to reverse that decision. She said it's the "wrong move" to protect polar bears, even though their habitat is shrinking and ice floes are vanishing due to global warming.

The choice for animals is especially clear now that Palin is in the mix. If Palin is put in a position to succeed McCain, it could mean rolling back decades of progress on animal issues. . . .

Tonight, while sipping a Wild Sweet Orange tea over at Starbucks, I finished reading an article on Palin in this week's New Yorker. It said that Palin has a pair of wolf pelts hanging in the governor's office in Juneau.

In the article, Palin said that the wolf-culling is necessary for "providing more food for Alaskans." But everything I've read says that's not true, and the people of Alaska are against it. (Far be it for a Republican ideologue to ignore the scientific literature.) (Illustration from The New Yorker.)

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