Judd criticizes Palin-backed wolf program

Feb. 7, 2009 at 12:43 PM
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Alaskan regulations allowing hunters to shoot wolves from aircraft, which have the support of Gov. Sarah Palin, are barbaric, actress Ashley Judd contends.

The "High Crimes" actress said during a recent TV appearance that the hunting regulations supported by the Alaska governor are "incredibly savage... it's not right, it's not appropriate, it makes no sense on any level," CNN reported Saturday.

Judd's voiced opposition to the Alaskan hunting method, intended to protect caribou and moose from predators, came after the Hollywood star appeared in a Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund video.

"When Sarah Palin came on the national scene last summer, few knew that she promotes the brutal aerial killing of wolves," Judd said in the recent video. "It is time to stop Sarah Palin and stop this senseless savagery."

CNN said Palin defended herself and the state hunting rules in a statement released Tuesday.

"It is reprehensible and hypocritical that the Defenders of Wildlife would use Alaska and my administration as a fundraising tool to deceive Americans into parting with their hard-earned money," the former Republican vice presidential candidate said.

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