When Sarah Palin posted a photo of her youngest son, Trig, and the family dog, Jill Hadassah, social media erupted in a mixed mess of criticism and support.

On January 1, Palin posted the following to Facebook:

Sarah Palin's New Year's FB post

With nearly 25,000 comments, the post garnered many outraged responses.

Many criticizing the post as encouraging animal cruelty and argued Palin was sending a harmful message to her 6-year-old son. Others commented in encouragement, finding nothing wrong with the picture.

“My kids climb all over our big dogs and they don’t mind at all,” Julie Leatherberry wrote. “If they don’t like something they get up and walk away and jump over the baby gate to have some time alone.”

Ellen DeGeneres photo child standing on dogOn Saturday, Palin responded to the criticism in another Facebook post. Pointing out that no one reacted when Ellen Generes posted similar images and Barack Obama enjoyed eating dog meat, Palin told PETA to “chill.”

She also highlighted the irony of those calling for an end to animal cruelty while living lifestyles promoting wasteful use of animal products.

Sarah Palin's dog “Our pets, including Trig’s best buddy Jill Hadassah, are loved, spoiled and cared for more than some people care for their fellow man whose politics may not mesh with nonsensical liberally failed ways or don’t fit your flighty standards,” Palin wrote.

Read Palin’s entire response below:

Dear PETA,

Chill. At least Trig didn’t eat the dog.

Hey, by the way, remember your “Woman of the Year”, Ellen DeGeneres? Did you get all wee-wee’d up when she posted this sweet picture? Hypocritical, much?

Did you go as crazy when your heroic Man-of-Your-Lifetime, Barack Obama, revealed he actually enjoyed eating dead dog meat?

Sarah Palin and her dog Aren’t you the double-standard radicals always opposing Alaska’s Iditarod – the Last Great Race honoring dogs who are born to run in wide open spaces, while some of your pets “thrive” in a concrete jungle where they’re allowed outdoors to breathe and pee maybe once a day? (http://iditarod.com/http://www.irondog.org/)

Aren’t you the same herd that opposes our commercial fishing jobs, claiming I encourage slaying and consuming wild, organic healthy protein sources called “fish”? (I do.)

Aren’t you the same anti-beef screamers blogging hate from your comfy leather office chairs, wrapped in your fashionable leather belts above your kickin’ new leather pumps you bought because your celebrity idols (who sport fur and crocodile purses) grinned in a tabloid wearing the exact same Louboutins exiting sleek cowhide covered limo seats on their way to some liberal fundraiser shindig at some sushi bar that features poor dead smelly roe (that I used to strip from our Bristol Bay-caught fish, and in a Dillingham cannery I packed those castoff fish eggs for you while laughing with co-workers about the suckers paying absurdly high prices to party with the throw away parts of our wild seafood)? I believe you call those discarded funky eggs “caviar”.

Yeah, you’re real credible on this, PETA. A shame, because I’ll bet we agree on what I hope is the true meaning of your mission – respecting God’s creation and critters.

Our pets, including Trig’s best buddy Jill Hadassah, are loved, spoiled and cared for more than some people care for their fellow man whose politics may not mesh with nonsensical liberally failed ways or don’t fit your flighty standards.

Jill is a precious part of our world. So is Trig.

– Sarah Palin

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