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Sarah Palin has a message for PETA: Chill out.
Palin posted a lengthy message on her Facebook page Saturday after PETA criticized photos she posted last week showing her son Trig stepping on the family dog to reach the kitchen sink.
Chill. At least Trig didn’t eat the dog," Palin wrote.
Palin posted the photos of Trig, who is 6 and has Down's Syndrome, on New Year's Day. "May 2015 see every stumbling block turned into a stepping stone on the path forward," Palin wrote.
PETA said in a statement Friday that Palin had "no apparent sympathy for the dog" and that the organization "along with everyone else, is used to the hard-hearted, seeming obliviousness of this bizarrely callous woman." PETA also slammed Palin after she was interviewed at an Alaska turkey farm as birds were being slaughtered in the background.
Palin called the organization hypocritical for not denouncing Ellen DeGeneres for posting a similar photo on her show's Facebook page last year. DeGeneres was PETA's person of the year in 2009. She asked whether the organization went "as crazy when your heroic Man-of-Your-Lifetime" President Obama "revealed he actually enjoyed eating dead dog meat?"
In his autobiography 'Dreams from my Father,' Obama wrote that he was "introduced to dog meat" while living in Indonesia. He wrote that it was "tough" but did not say whether or not he enjoyed eating it.
In 2007, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was criticized after his son recounted that Romney strapped the family's Irish Setter to the roof of the car during road trips.
Palin assailed PETA for opposing commercial fishing, being "double-standard radicals" who oppose Alaska's annual Iditarod dog sled race, "anti-beef screamers blogging hate from your comfy leather office chairs," and for using celebrity spokespeople who eat caviar at a "liberal fundraiser shindig" at a sushi bar.
"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," Palin wrote.
Palin said all of her pets, including the dog whose name is 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."
PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement Saturday night that the organization is vegan, so people sit on non-leather chairs. She said they campaign against the Iditarod because many dogs "live chained or inside cages" when they're not being driven.
"Palin's Facebook response shows us that she knows PETA about as well as she knows geography," Newkirk said.
But Newkirk said she has confidence in the Palins as pet parents.
"We have no reason to believe that the Palin companion animals aren't ordinarily pampered, and we wish the entire family a peaceful and humane 2015," she wrote.