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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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91.

spankypants    

Though I eat meat. wear leather, etc., there's something sadistic about taking joy from watching a living being's heart pound after you've caused its death.

1241 days ago
92.

always    

The smile is what is scary, this nut case enjoyed it. Wish this family would ALL just go away, we are so sick of them.

1241 days ago
93.

sumka    

REALLY?? OH FOR HEAVEN SAKES PETA!! YOU really need a freaking like. LEAVE THEM ALONE! REALLY OVER FISH!!!!!

1241 days ago
94.

karlew    

Ah Lisa. We may have different ideas about the fish thing but I like your sense of humour. Doggy style to watch the hockey game. LOL Good one, I hadn't heard it before.

1241 days ago
95.

HARRY NIPPLES    

Then my lunch would be a "snuff salad." It was delicious.

1241 days ago
96.

RY    

This is just ridiculous.... I'm going to enjoy eating meat tonight.

1241 days ago
97.

Moe Green    

They are sadists and homophobes. I feel sad for anyone who is a fan of theirs and supports them. How could someone who is fat and ugly want to appear on TV? How could someone sadistically kill a fish on TV? I think eventually the Tea Party and Republicans will see the Palins are simply pandering to them to become millionaires.

1241 days ago
98.

CGS    

The fact of Obama BEING our president is scary!

1241 days ago
99.

Carvey    

Apparently liberals never go fishing. Hate to break it to you liberals out there but meat, fish and poultry actually comes from animals who have to be killed before being butchered. It doesn't just grow in cellophane covered packages in the back of grocery stores.

1241 days ago
100.

CajunMamma    

The problem with comments like Lisa's #75 is that all of you who say you'll leave the country if so and so gets elected don't follow through.

1241 days ago
101.

Whodis    

To beat a living creature to death.
For fun. For photo op. For show. For giggles.
Think.
"It is just a fish" yes, a living creature.
You are just a person, a living creature.
To laugh while destroying the life of another is mentally ill. No empathy.
These people are vacant.

1241 days ago
102.

Carvey    

75.

Yep, I know Canadians club baby seals, and that breaks my heart, but if Sarah gets into the White House, anyplace will be better than the US of Palin! Where else can we go? New Zealand and Australia, I guess...but its easier just to cross the border to Canada. Besides, I like Canada, where folks like to do it doggy style so that they can both watch the hockey game!

Posted at 2:18 PM on Nov 23, 2010 by Lisa

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Let me guess, you voted for Obama and think he's doing a great job. Please move to Canada.

1241 days ago
103.

Lola    

She was on a commercial fishing boat. She followed the instructions of the captain in stunning the fish so that the fish would not harm itself nor hurt the people aboard the boat, as they are very large fish.

She didn't suggest, hey, what if we club the fish for laughs? That would make good tv. No, she was letting you see what the process involves for catching and processing halibut, one of the exports of Alaska.

Any laughter you heard looked to me like the nervous laughter many of us do when we are faced with unusual and trying situations.

I think where she was not careful enough is in choosing the topics for her show. She should have given more thought to how the hateful part of the public would jump on whatever she did.

However, as Bristol said, they will talk about me anyway, so I might as well do Dancing with the Stars. The hate talk never stops.

1241 days ago
104.

roxy    

What the Palin family suffers from is TMI - Too Much Information. Why do we care about them fishing?

If they all went home and resumed a low-profile life, that would be in the best interest of all of us.

1241 days ago
105.

robbo    

Yeah, it's much more humane to let them asphyxiate rather then killing them quick. Where do you think your heart healthy fish come from, the supermarket? Stupid hippies.

1241 days ago
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