Personally, I think the response to this picture was far too extreme. It simply was supposed to be a silly picture. I do not think the picture is too concerning, even as an animal lover myself. Her son is only six years old and has Down syndrome... how is he supposed to know this behavior is wrong? Also, the dog, Jill, does not appear to be disturbed by this behavior and it does not look like her son is putting his weight on the black lab.
However, I find it most surprising that PETA only became outraged with Sarah Palin, while Ellen DeGeneres posted a similar photo of a young child standing on a dog on her Facebook page on July 1, 2014. PETA did not get involved with this picture.
Not only did PETA not complain about Ellen DeGeneres' picture, but Ellen was also named the 2009's PETA Woman of the Year. PETA recognized Ellen as being an animal lover, yet she too posted a "silly" photo of the exact same thing, so why can't Palin post an almost identical photo?
Additionally, PETA did not seem to get angry at Obama when he admitted to eating dog meat in his memoir. Palin recognized this and posted another status on Facebook saying, "Chill. At least [my son] didn't eat the dog... Did you go crazy when your heroic Man-of-Your-Lifetime, Barack Obama, revealed he actually enjoyed eating dead dog meat?" Obama, similarly to DeGeneres, was recognized as being a role model for ethical animal treatment; however, eating "dead dog" is still a violation of that.
People take pride in America's "equality", but why don't these two almost-identical pictures have an equal response?