The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is blasting former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for photos she posted on Facebook New Year’s Day of her son Trig standing on the family dog.
“May 2015 see every stumbling block turned into a stepping stone on the path forward,” wrote the one-time GOP vice presidential candidate in the post accompanied by three pictures of the six-year-old standing in front of the kitchen sink on the back of the family’s black Labrador.
Palin went on to explain that Trig, “determined to help wash dishes” made the “lazy dog” his “stepping stone.”
PETA assailed Palin Friday, calling her a “bizarrely callous woman.”
“It’s odd that anyone—let alone a mother—would find it appropriate to post such a thing, with no apparent sympathy for the dog in the photo,” PETA said in a statement on its website Friday.
“Then again, PETA, along with everyone else, is used to the hard-hearted, seeming obliviousness of this bizarrely callous woman, who actually thought it appropriate to be filmed while turkeys were being slaughtered right behind her in full view of the camera,” the activist group added referring to a 2008 interview at Triple D Farm in Palmer, Alaska.
Palin, who was at the farm to pardon a turkey in the week before Thanksgiving, did a lengthy TV interview while live turkeys were being fed head first into a machine behind her.
Palin’s New Year’s post was still up Friday night. Though some Facebook commenters supported Palin, calling the picutures "cute," others expressed concern for Trig's safety and the dog.
“Not only the dog, but is she not worried the boy will fall and bust his head on the counter???? Nope. Keep snapping pictures,” one commenter wrote.