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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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121.

konaehukai    

Aww, Sarah, why? I thought you told me you were pro life. As if TLC couldn't get any lower with their programming. Here come the idiots that are the Palin's.

1339 days ago
122.

Brad    

The president of PETA publicly said that she would not kill one mouse even it would save the world from the AIDs epidemic. These PETA type groups are a bunch of nutballs.......the same type of weirdos that join cults.

1339 days ago
123.

Laura    

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It was not "for fun" ; its commercial fishing.
The Palins where on a commercial fishing boat; showing commercial halibut fishing in Homer, Alaska

1339 days ago
124.

TSZ    

You bleeding hearts are morons.You have a problem with this but probably don't see anything wrong with millions of Cows,Veal,Sheep,Lambs,Chickens,Turkeys,Pigs,Tuna Etc Etc....being slaughtered on a daily basis. How often do you think of that when you're sitting your fat obese ass on a McDonald's bench chowing down a bigmac and quaterpounder?
I trout fish all the time and the majority of the time I have a chain and as I catch them I clip them on the chain and put them back in the water where they struggle to get off the chain and slowly drown. So I ask you what's worse, that or clubbing them to end their suffering?
OR!,...how about the little song birds in France where they are dipped in hot oil LIVE and then eaten or Dogs,cats and rats are skinned live and sold in Asia OR!! How about the 30+ chickens that are stuffed into one cage and force feed. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

1339 days ago
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Brad    

I used to work with a PETA nut that was dumb as a box of rocks. She preached this crazy stuff, in the meantime she carried around a leather purse, leather shoes, leather belt, and had on make up (all made from animals) Typical hypocrites.

1339 days ago
126.

scarlet    

Eric at 1:37 pm...stupid is as stupid does not get it.

Palinbots just don't get it! It isn't about the 'fishing'..it's about holding a beating heart, laughing & trashing it with disdain and disrespect.

1339 days ago
127.

Lola    

Keziah: No thanks, I'm a fruitarian.
Max: I didn't realize that.
William: And, ahm: what exactly is a fruitarian?
Keziah: We believe that fruits and vegetables have feeling so we think cooking is cruel. We only eat things that have actually fallen off a tree or bush - that are, in fact, dead already.
William: Right. Right. Interesting stuff. So, these carrots...
Keziah: Have been murdered, yes.
William: Murdered? Poor carrots. How beastly!

Notting Hill

1339 days ago
128.

ohplease    

I think it's quite a leap to assume that Palin "enjoyed" killing the fish and "took joy" in clubbing it. How do you arrive at that interpretation? Just because you dislike her and her politics? Born and bred in Alaska, hunting and fishing her entire life ... it's a way of life in Alaska and many other places. Have any of you grown up on a farm or ranch? Raised livestock? Chickens? Pigs? TURKEYS? How many of you will stuff your faces with turkey on Thursday? How do you think it got to your table? I just gotta laugh at bleeding heart, liberal city people ... so quick to condemn the people who provide the food that you happily stuff yourselves with! Hilarious and soooo hypocritical!

1339 days ago
129.

Laura    

How do they want the halibut killed? Fileted alive?
Some people still think that food comes directly from the supermarket.

1339 days ago
130.

FailinPalin    

Not all of us who find the Palin family despicable are "liberals". And just because we believe Sarah Palin to be an arrogant, deluded, hypocritical ignoramus doesn't make us "haters". It merely makes us sensible. And this not just about a fish. It's about Mrs. Palin's disturbing belief that animals are on this planet simply to be exploited, for her pleasure, no matter how cruel the method. You don't need to be a radical PETA member to be repulsed by her enjoyment of slaughter, her lack of concern in general for conservation and her total disrespect of the environment. One can only hope Sarah "Mama Grizzly" Palin is mistaken for a cow by a bull during Moose rutting season.

1339 days ago
131.

shadough    

I think it's disgusting to laugh at any animal's death which is why I'm not a huge fan of Sarah Palin, but the libturds having a fit over a fish, think it's okay to turn unborn humans into hamburger meat goes to show liberalism is a mental disorder.

1339 days ago
132.

Bippy    

Well it has to be dead before you eat it !!!! Anyone ever cut off a chickens head??? At least it is being used for food not a useless waste like those Japanese fishermen that kill off dolphins just to get rid of them!!!!!!

1339 days ago
133.

mandeline28    

I would probably rather be put out of misery with a quick club than suffocate. Just sayin.

1339 days ago
134.

David    

Anyone who gives a shyte about this out to be shot in the head. For real.

1339 days ago
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CC    

I'm an avid fisherman and agree clubbing is standard practice. However the fact that Palin decided to rub it in everyone's face highlights why she's totally wrong for this country. Being a politician involves knowing your constituents and being able to work with your colleagues to achive a goal. And yes, even though this skank is out of office I believe she's positioning herself for a presidential run in 2012 and is therefore still a politician.

First, even though clubbing is standard practice I don't think most people want to see that on their TV (although why anyone would watch her show amazes me). Second, Palin bailed out on her fellow Alaskans under the ruze she was saving them money by running from the numerous lawsuits filed against her. Third, Palin virtually bailed on McCain when she couldn't find common ground with his views. Although there are many more examples just these highlight her inability to work with her peers to achieve any objective or even identify with the population in general.

Palin is a tick riding on the popular discontent in this country. She doesn't have any realistic solutions and even if she did there's no way she can work with others to implement anything. If Obama is bad Palin would be a disaster.

1339 days ago
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