Sarah Palin's Photo of Son Standing on Dog Causes Controversy

On New Year’s Day, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin posted a photo on social media of her son, Trig, standing on the back of their black Labrador, and writing, in part, "May 2015 see every stumbling block turned into a stepping stone on the path forward.” The dog, Jill Hadassah, joined the family in August after she was trained to be a buddy for Trig, 6, who has Down Syndrome. While many fans liked the photo, there was a backlash from animal lovers and PETA. "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," said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in a statement to Politico. Palin then lashed out at PETA, saying, “Chill. At least Trig didn’t eat the dog,” in reference to President Obama’s admission in his book “Dreams From My Father” that he ate dog meat as a child in Indonesia. "PETA simply believes that people shouldn't step on dogs, and judging by the reaction that we've seen to Sarah Palin's Instagram photo, we're far from alone in that belief,” Newkirk told — Read it at Alabama’s

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