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Sarah Palin Blasted for Halibut 'Snuff Film'

11/23/2010 6:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sarah Palin thought it was "weird" when she held the beating heart of a halibut in the palm of her hand on her reality show this weekend -- now an animal rights group is calling the episode a "snuff film."

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Sarah and Bristol were featured on a halibut fishing excursion on the reality show "Sarah Palin's Alaska" -- the show even featured a scene in which Sarah and Bristol clubbed the fish to death ... a standard practice among  fisherman.

But a group called "In Defense of Animals" is lashing out at the reality fam -- saying, "Sarah Palin’s complete lack of compassion as demonstrated in this snuff video is disgusting."

The group adds, "Most disturbing is the way she seems to enjoy causing suffering to other beings. When they laugh about the beating heart that Bristol holds in her hand, their complete insensitivity to the animal kingdom becomes clear."

FYI ... a rep for the Alaska Charter Association -- a group in defense of recreational halibut fishing -- tells us the clubbing technique is actually "humane" because it's used to "minimize the suffering of the fish."

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271.

Mississippi Girl    

OMG, what a bunch of dumb asses. Of course if it's the Palins doing ANYTHING, you liberal biggots get your drawers in a wad. I guess if the Obamas were fishing he would just talk them to death or tax them. Get a grip here people.

1373 days ago
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Mississippi Girl    

#271, before you bad mouth the fact that Bristol is an unwed mother you better look around you. It's perfectly acceptable these days for celebrities to have relationships that produce "bastards" (isn't that the correct term for kids born outside of wedlock). Nobody condemns Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Tom and Katie, Madonna or even Jessica Lange who was once named Mother of the Year by some mag and she has three by three different sperm donors. I'm sure the Palins would have wished for her to not be a mother at her young age, but as a parent, you love your child and support them even when it's not what you approve of or want for them.
Look around you, everything you see these days promote sexuality, so who do blame when a teenager wants to find out what all the excitement is about.

1373 days ago
273.

anima    

I dislike Palin immensely, but I could honestly care less about her, or her daughters, or any of it. They need to be left alone unless they decide to step up themselves.

I am also a nerd hippie libertarian pre-med student. That being said, I am a *huge* meat eater (I just buy from local, humane sources). I have no problem with the killing of another animal for food.

So that being said, I think what seems to bother most (and me) is the laughter and almost mocking nature of it all. I have every respect for those who live off of the land, but she gives me the impression of thinking she dominates it all. She may be a "mama grizzly", but a REAL mother bear would eat her alive in a second.

Long point short, I think there needs to be more respect towards the animal she is killing in order to provide her and her family food and comfort.

And those "it's just a fish" people.. the "it's just a ___" is used all over the place, including with women, other races, children, and most animals. Not equating fish with humans, but the lack of regard for another conscious, feeling creature and the decency to give it a humane death by some of you leads one to believe you are just like her in this clip.

1366 days ago
274.

dawn    

You go to a fancy restaurant eat all this fancy foods. They all got a name weather a cow, goat, lamp, turtle, or what ever meat you are eating someone had to kill for you, Your weak and you are cowards. If you had to kill it yourself you would starve.

1362 days ago
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Charlie Waffles    

Anyone who knows how to fish knows you must calm the fish down as fast as possible and beating it over the head usually works very well. This not only preserves the fish, it can save lives and limbs on a boat if the fish is large enough. If you don't have the stomach for hunting and you are in denial about how a fish or cow manages to be DOA at your supermarket, shut-up. Ignorance is bliss. Don't watch the show either.

1358 days ago
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