- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 4, 2015

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is defending a Facebook photo of her youngest son, Trig, that showed him standing on top of their black lab, arguing in a letter addressed to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that the animal rights group never cried foul when President Obama claimed to have once eaten dog meat.

“Dear PETA,” Mrs. Palin wrote in a Facebook post Saturday. “Chill. At least Trig didn’t eat the dog.”

The former vice presidential candidate sparked controversy on New Year’s Day for the photo showing Trig standing on the dog’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.”

PETA President Ingrid Newkirk called the photo inappropriate and accused Mrs. Palin of having “no apparent sympathy for the dog in the photo,” Politico reported Friday.

On Saturday, Mrs. Palin accused PETA of being “hypocritical,” pointing to a light-hearted July photo posted by Ellen DeGeneres — PETA’s 2009 “Woman of the Year” — that showed a child standing on top of a dog to reach the bathroom sink.

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

“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 anti-beef screamers blogging hate from your comfy leather office chairs, wrapped in your fashionable leather belts above your kickin’ new leather pumps…”

“Yeah, you’re real credible on this, PETA,” Mrs. Palin wrote. “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.”

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