- The Washington Times - Monday, January 5, 2015

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have issued a snarky response to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin after she recently defended a photo she posted on Facebook that showed her youngest son standing on top of their family dog.

“PETA simply believes that people shouldn’t step on dogs, and judging by the reaction that we’ve seen to Sarah Palin’s Instagram photo, we’re far from alone in that belief,” the animal rights group said in a statement over the weekend.

Mrs. Palin sparked controversy on New Year’s Day for the Facebook photo showing Trig standing on the black lab’s back in order to reach the kitchen counter, with the post: “May 2015 see every stumbling block turned into a stepping stone on the path forward.”

In addition to receiving a numerous complaints about the photo, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk accused Mrs. Palin of having “no apparent sympathy for the dog.”

Mrs. Palin wrote a response to PETA on her Facebook page on Saturday, telling the animals rights group to “chill.”

“At least Trig didn’t eat the dog,” the former vice presidential candidate quipped. “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?”

PETA responded: “Yes, we campaign against the Iditarod because when the dogs aren’t being driven — sometimes to death — most live chained or inside cages for their entire lives. And we’re a vegan organization, so we sit on pleather couches, wear stylish vegan kicks, and consider fish friends, not food.”

Playing off an old Tina Fey quote that is often incorrectly attributed to Mrs. Palin, PETA snarked, “Palin’s Facebook response shows us that she knows PETA about as well as she knows geography.”

“(Also, by the way, we just sent a case of vegan caviar to Vladimir Putin—and no, you can’t see his house from yours, Ms. Palin.)” PETA continued.

The animal rights group admitted that they “have no reason to believe that the Palin companion animals aren’t ordinarily pampered.”

“[W]e wish the entire family a peaceful and humane 2015,” their statement concluded.

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