This just grinds my crackers.
Discovery Communications has just announced that they'll be producing a "reality TV" series starring Sarah Palin on Alaska's wildlife, to showcase the "powerful beauty of Alaska". For this, she'll be paid $8 million.
Have they lost their minds? Do they not remember that this is the same Sarah Palin who escalated Alaska's war on wolves and offered a $150 bounty for the severed front-forelegs of dead wolves? The Sarah Palin who fought against increased protections for America's struggling polar bear populations? And the same Palin who fought against the increased protections for the dwindling Cook Inlet beluga whales?
I'm angered that Discovery Communications, known for their wildlife-focused productions, would choose to embrace such a controversial and anti-wildlife person as Sarah Palin to represent Alaska and the wildlife that lives there.
That's why I've joined Defenders of Wildlife's fight to get Discovery Communications to drop kick Sarah Palin's new show, and I am hoping you will too.
Please sign the petition online at http://action.defenders.org/discovery.
My friend's father used to work with Palin when he was a senior scientist at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and he complained vociferously how Sarah routinely ignored the recommendations of his organization, endangering far more species than the ones mentioned above. Ugh.
Doing this show will give voters the impression that Sarah Palin has a positive interest in her state's wildlife and this is just not true. It's great rebranding for her image. Not to mention that $8 million won't hurt when it comes to campaigning...