Sarah Palin Fires Back at PETA Over Controversial Pet Pic: ‘Chill. At Least Trig Didn’t Eat the Dog’

Former Alaska governor draws criticism from animal rights group after posting Facebook photo of son standing on family dog

Last Updated: January 4, 2015 @ 4:09 PM

Sarah Palin wants PETA to “chill” after the animal rights group blasted her for posting a photo of son Trig using the family dog as a step stool.

In a message posted on her Facebook page Saturday, the former Alaska governor fired back at PETA writing, “Chill. At least Trig didn’t eat the dog.”

Palin was responding to criticism she received two days earlier, after sharing a picture on Facebook of Trig, who is 6 and has Down syndrome, standing on pet pooch Jill to reach the kitchen sink.

The former Republican vice presidential nominee captioned the photo: “Happy New Year! 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.”

The photo garnered more than 70,000 likes and thousands of comments. While many commenters praised Palin, others cried animal abuse, including PETA.

“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 group wrote Friday in a statement on its website. “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 her lengthy weekend response, Palin accused PETA of hypocrisy and cited a photo posted by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” of a child using a dog as a step ladder; she also mentioned the group’s response to President Obama’s admission that he ate dog meat as a child in Indonesia.

“Did you get all wee-wee’d up when she posted this sweet picture?” Palin asked about Ellen. “Did you go as crazy when your heroic Man-of-Your-Lifetime, Barack Obama, revealed he actually enjoyed eating dead dog meat?”

PETA shot back with a second statement, this time questioning Palin’s knowledge of animal rights and geography.

“PETA simply believes that people shouldn’t step on dogs, and judging by the reaction that we’ve seen to Sarah Palin’s Instagram [sic] photo, we’re far from alone in that belief,” the statement said. “Palin’s Facebook response shows us that she knows PETA about as well as she knows geography.”

Below is Palin’s response to PETA in its entirety.

Dear PETA,

Chill. At least Trig didn’t eat the dog.

Hey, by the way, remember your “Woman of the Year”, Ellen DeGeneres? Did you get all wee-wee’d up when she posted this sweet picture? http://conservatives4palin.com/…/peta-woman-year-posts-phot… Hypocritical, much?

Did you go as crazy when your heroic Man-of-Your-Lifetime, Barack Obama, revealed he actually enjoyed eating dead dog meat?

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? (http://iditarod.com/ http://www.irondog.org/)

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.)

Aren’t you the same anti-beef screamers blogging hate from your comfy leather office chairs, wrapped in your fashionable leather belts above your kickin’ new leather pumps you bought because your celebrity idols (who sport fur and crocodile purses) grinned in a tabloid wearing the exact same Louboutins exiting sleek cowhide covered limo seats on their way to some liberal fundraiser shindig at some sushi bar that features poor dead smelly roe (that I used to strip from our Bristol Bay-caught fish, and in a Dillingham cannery I packed those castoff fish eggs for you while laughing with co-workers about the suckers paying absurdly high prices to party with the throw away parts of our wild seafood)? I believe you call those discarded funky eggs “caviar”.

Yeah, you’re real credible on this, PETA. 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.

– Sarah Palin