Sarah Palin Slams PETA After Criticism, Defends Photo of Son Standing on Dog

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Sarah Palin slammed PETA in a Facebook post. Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Sarah Palin has some serious beef with PETA. The Alaskan politician, 50, took to Facebook this past weekend to speak out against the animal rights organization. 

Addressing a controversy that began when she shared a photo of her son Trig standing on their dog Jill, Palin wrote, "Dear PETA, Chill. At least Trig didn't eat the dog."

In the original New Year's Day Facebook post, Palin posted photos of Trig, 6, climbing on top of the family dog in a kitchen. Placing one and then both feet on the pup, Trig is shown standing upright, putting his weight on dog Jill. 

"Happy New Year!" Palin began in the accompanying caption. "May 2015 see every stumbling block turned into a stepping stone on the path forward. Trig just reminded me. He, determined to help wash dishes with an oblivious mama not acknowledging his signs for 'up!,' found me and a lazy dog blocking his way. He made his stepping stone."

PETA — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — was not pleased with Trig's problem-solving abilities and released a statement on Friday, Jan. 2, condemning Palin's celebration of what they called mistreatment of the pet. 

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"It's odd that anyone — let alone a mother — would find it appropriate to post such a thing, with no apparent sympathy for the dog in the photo," the organization wrote in a statement. "Then again, PETA, along with everyone else, is used to the hard-hearted, seeming obliviousness of this bizarrely callous woman, who actually thought it appropriate to be filmed while turkeys were being slaughtered right behind her in full view of the camera."

In response, Palin went on a Facebook rant on Saturday, Jan. 3, in which she called the organization hypocritical and questioned the reputations of former PETA honorees Ellen DeGeneres and President Barack Obama.

"Aren't you the double-standard radicals always opposing Alaska's Iditarod – the Last Great Race honoring dogs who are born to run in wide open spaces, while some of your pets 'thrive' in a concrete jungle where they’re allowed outdoors to breathe and pee maybe once a day?" she wrote. "Aren't you the same herd that opposes our commercial fishing jobs, claiming I encourage slaying and consuming wild, organic healthy protein sources called 'fish'? (I do.)"

"Yeah, you're real credible on this, PETA," Palin continued. "A shame, because I'll bet we agree on what I hope is the true meaning of your mission — respecting God's creation and critters. Our pets, including Trig's best buddy Jill Hadassah, are loved, spoiled and cared for more than some people care for their fellow man whose politics may not mesh with nonsensical liberally failed ways or don't fit your flighty standards. Jill is a precious part of our world. So is Trig."

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