Mandi Bierly
December 07, 2010 AT 04:17 PM EST

Image Credit: Gilles Mingasson/DiscoverySarah Palin anticipated animal activists would not respond well to her going caribou hunting on last Sunday’s episode of her TLC reality show Sarah Palin’s Alaska, and she was right: PETA Vice President Dan Mathews has issued a statement saying, “Sarah seems to think that resorting to violence and blood and guts may lure people into watching her boring show, but the ratings remain as dead as the poor animals she shoots.” (As Fancast points out, that’s not exactly true: The ratings for the series have been on the rise — and should hit a high when Kate Gosselin goes camping with Palin this week.)

Sunday morning, before the episode aired, Palin posted a preemptive message on Facebook: “Tonight’s hunting episode of Sarah Palin’s Alaska ‘controversial’? Really? Unless you’ve never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather couch

or eaten a piece of meat, save your condemnation of tonight’s episode. I remain proudly intolerant of anti-hunting hypocrisy. :)” As someone who does all three, I guess I have to agree with her, even if the scene of her hunting, skinning, and quartering the caribou with her father (and quoting Ted Nugent) is excruciating to watch. (See it below, but you’ve been warned.) As shown in the cheerier promo for the episode, Palin hunts to put meat in her family’s freezer. Like she says, if you eat meat, you can’t fault her — even if you don’t want to watch her. 

More on Sarah Palin’s Alaska:

Kate Gosselin goes camping on Sarah Palin’s Alaska: Watch the teaser clip

Ken Tucker: Palin shoots the caribou, and the bull, with her father

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