She electrified the Republican party base during the US Presidential elections with her hunting and shooting hockey mom persona.

Sarah Palin is even tipped as a candidate for President in 2012.

She may already have lost the vegetarian vote, but her latest gaffe has bemused people across the world.

Ms Palin, the Governor of Alaska, consented to be interviewed for television standing in front of a man slaughtering turkeys – just ahead of the Thanksgiving holidays (scroll down to watch video).

Traditionally the President pardons two turkeys ahead of the national celebration – no such sentiment from Governor Palin.

As the birds were forced head first into an execution chute, the White House hopeful answered questions on oil prices, the rigours of campaigning and her plans for the state’s budget.

The Governor, who won 45.9% of the vote in the Presidential election as John McCain’s running mate, agreed to the interview and called it “neat.”

“I was happy to get invited to participate in this. For one, you need a bit of levity in this job,” she said, adding that she was happy to promote a local business.

Turkey is traditionally eaten in America on Thanksgiving, which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

Governor Palin was questioned about her views on homosexuality during a TV interview during the campaign.

“I am not going to judge Americans and the decisions that they make in their adult personal relationships,” she said.

The 44-year-old claimed one of her “absolute best friends” is a lesbian.

“She is not my gay friend, she is one of my best friends who happens to have made a choice that isn’t a choice that I have made, but I’m not going to judge people,” she said.

The candidate later said she backed an amendment to the US Constitution denying gay and lesbian Americans marriage rights.

President Bush failed to get enough support for the measure during his time in office.

While Governor Palin claims to be receptive to arguments about discrimination, she said she would support a statewide ballot question in Alaska that would deny benefits to homosexual couples.