"Dear PETA, Chill. At least Trig didn't eat the dog," Palin posted on Facebook

Credit: Sarah Palin/Facebook; Inset: Justin Sullivan/Getty

The Internet went crazy earlier this week when Sarah Palin posted a photo of her 6-year-old standing on top of their dog – and the politician has now responded to the controversy.

“Dear PETA, Chill. At least Trig didn’t eat the dog,” Palin wrote Saturday on Facebook, defending her original photo.

The picture found son Trig, who has Down Syndrome, standing on their pup Jill, whom they adopted this past summer.

In her 336-word tirade, which was directed toward the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the former vice president hopeful complained of a “double standard” because she’s a Republican.

Palin cited instances – Ellen DeGeneres posting a similar photo and President Barack Obama once admitting to eating dog meat – that she says did not garner the same criticism because, in her opinion, they are liberal.

“Yeah, you’re real credible on this, PETA,” Palin says in her open letter. “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.”

In response to Palin’s blast, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk released a statement.

“PETA simply believes that people shouldn’t step on dogs, and judging by the reaction that we’ve seen we’re far from alone in that belief,” Newkirk said. “We have no reason to believe that the Palin companion animals aren’t ordinarily pampered, and we wish the entire family a peaceful and humane 2015.”