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PETA takes shot at 'American Idol' singer Kristy Lee Cook's new hunting series, 'Goin' Country'

Kristy Lee Cook hosts her own hunting series, Only one episode of "American Idol" contestant Kristy Lee Cook's new hunting show, "Goin' Country with Kristy Lee Cook," aired on Versus before the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals started firing shots at the singer.

"Instead of angering thousands of would-be fans by killing helpless animals on camera in an attempt to get her '15 Minutes of Shame,' Kristy Lee Cook's fame crusade would be better served by following in the footsteps of fellow Idol alum-turned-country-stars Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler -- as well as Simon Cowell -- all of whom have used their fame and talent to speak up for animals,” a PETA spokesperson said in a statement released to FOX411. Underwood is a vegetarian, Pickler has spoken publicly about only wearing faux fur and former judge Cowell is an animal adoption advocate.

"Goin' Country," a reality show which started its eight-episode run Sunday, follows Cook while she participates in hunts across the nation, all while trying to also bag a recording deal. Featuring some of the performer's new music, each episode follows the seventh-season "Idol" finalist as she heads to Texas in search of trophy whitetail deer, visits Kansas and Wyoming for pheasant hunting, takes part in her first black bear hunt in Wisconsin and Illinois, and is challenged while turkey hunting in Tennessee and Missouri. Cook is joined by friends, family and celebrity hunters, including country music star Aaron Tippin, Grammy-nominated artist Jake Owen and former "Idol" contestant Blake Lewis.

Cook did not take the comments lying down, defending not only herself but all hunters, and issued the following response:

"Given that hunters have done more for American wildlife conservation than any other group in history, I make no apology for being one," she said. "Indeed, I join the ranks of millions of American hunters who celebrate our outdoor heritage and who conserve millions of acres of wild lands. These same people support more than 600,000 jobs across the country and provide a critical voice to encourage more investment in American conservation."

Cook added that, while she could understand people who oppose her decision to hunt, she has taken several non-hunters out with her -- including her sister -- and changed their minds about the sport.

"My sister had never hunted. She once hit a butterfly with a tennis racket and cried so I was like, this is gonna be funny. We took her hunting for her first deer, with the meat going to an orphanage, and she ended up harvesting a buck. She had a great time and said she would do it again," Cook said. "Everybody that has experienced it for the first time has enjoyed it and had a great time. It’s more about being with friends and family and having a good time."

The series will also highlight Cook's work with the "Kristy Lee Horse Heaven Foundation," a charity which helps rescue horses that have been abused or neglected.

"The show is serious about our hunt, but it also has my rescue horses in it," continued Cook. "Spotlighting them is really important to me."

Cook also believes in eating organically, and argues that harvesting your own meat is about as organic as it gets.

"I’m a big time organic person, and the meat we get from shooting something is as organic as it comes. If I don’t take the meat home to my family then we give it to orphanages or homeless shelters," she said. "The meat is going somewhere and it is great because I get to feed all these people. Whether you like hunting or not, I know I get to help people eat."

"Goin' Country with Kristy Lee Cook" can be seen on Versus on Sunday mornings at 6 through Sept. 19, with replays throughout the week (check your local listings for times).

-- Kelly Burgess

Singer Kristy Lee Cook hosts her own hunting series, "Goin' Country with Kristy Lee Cook", on Versus. Credit: Versus

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I grew up in a hunting, fishing and scavengering family and am proud to say elk steak is my very favorite with fillet mignon coming in 2nd. An elk burger beats beef by leaps and bounds, in both taste and health! Animals were meant for humans to eat or God wouldn’t have given us canine teeth. I think taking an animal from the wild, where it has been able to lead a completely natural life in the food chain, is far more humane than cramped feed lots, hormones and the almighty buck (dollar) being most important, etc. The rule at my house is: you bring the wild game or fish and I do the rest. I’ll make you a down home country meal guaranteed to satisfy. If there’s more than we can eat in one sitting, I’ll teach you how to can or preserve it for future enjoyment and sustenance. We weren’t all born rich and able to afford free range, hormone free, organic, etc. from the grocery store. We learned how to find it ourselves in nature: it’s an integral part of our souls and heritage. So Kristy Lee, come on over anytime with your gifts from nature and we’ll enjoy God’s bounty together. Come wild blackberry or huckleberry picking with me and I’ll teach you how to make yummy, healthy jam and whole wheat rolls (if you don’t already know how) to go with your delicious, healthy wild game. God gave us so many awesome gifts in nature to use and enjoy. So to all the yuppies and silver spoon fed people out there who think we’re abusing nature, please don’t judge those of us who grew up living a different lifestyle than you. We might be slightly redneck or hick, in your opinion, but it is our heritage and family tradition, which often goes back generations. We don’t rape and pillage nature, like Corporate America often does. We love, respect and enjoy what God has so richly provided!

100% Oregonian Hick
on the banks of the Gorgeous Rogue River
in beautiful Grants Pass

Who is she? She is absolutely gross! You don't have to kill defenceless animals to get a recording contract if you have the slightest bit of talent. Take it from me.
Norah Jones

Cami-style is out of style, silly girl.

Being a volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor and avid hunter for 40+ years, I say way to go Kristy. The meat on game that you harvest yourself is so much healthier than what you buy in the store. And the animal suffers a lot less than what a cow or pig goes though at the Slaughter house. Again Way to go. Will try to watch your show.

So do not support PETA! And encourage others not to support them.

I have not heard Kristy's music, but I would buy some just because of her stand on hunting.

I was surprised when PETA located their headquarters in Virginia, rather than somewhere in California with the rest of the fruits and the nuts!

Stand your ground and we will support you.

Good for her. An American Girl.

Way to go Christy!!! Tell it like it is, and not the way the liberals want people to think it is.
I'm a staunch supporter, and life member of the N.R.A., and very proud of it.

I saw this ad today prior to reading this story:
"To all you hunters that kill animals for food, shame on you; you ought to go to the store and buy the meat that was made there, where no animals were harmed."

That person is probably a member of PETA and has the IQ of a loaf of bread.

I don't remember where I first saw it but I did find a reference to it here:

Got news for you PETA folks. Bambi will grow up to become a beautiful buck with several months worth of delicious lean healtful venison for two or three people to enjoy. But if nobody harvests him (or wrecks their car on him) after his 10-15 years of vigorous life he'll go into decline and wind up as a pathetic mange infested suffering, starving animal. (Mercifully), some predators may come along and hasten his demise by tearing him appart alive.

So, sharing your love of wildlife but in a more comprehensive manner, I'll take my leave now and finish loading up some of my .44 mag. hunting loads.

PETA is a Joke :)

PETA: She could be good if she did what we say.

No thanks.

She may have angered thousands of would be PETA nut fans, but she has made new fans of millions of hunters. Go girl! Stick it to PETA!

It's really troublesome to me, how many people still evidently think that hunting animals is some sort of "cruelty." I often wonder how these people feel about fishing, or about the fact that these same game animals would be torn apart by some predator (instead of dispatched with a single clean shot through the vital organs) if not hunted. Hunters have done more for nature, conservation, and animal populations than PETA or any of its allies - the states that collect our fees use the revenue for all sorts of wildlife management and educational programs. (I won't get into the business of whether or not meat consumption itself is 'cruel.' I have a huge problem with people who abstain purely for 'ethical' reasons.)

PETA proves the theory eating meat improved brain functionality in our ancestors.

And here I thought that PETA stood for "People Eating Tasty Animals".

You Go Kristy. I'm one of those 600,000 people who's job you talked about. Thank you for promoting the sport, and remember that PETA should be People for Eating Tasty Animals.

way to go kristy lee,you are right hunters have done more for wildlife conservation than all of the animal rights groups combined.its about time someone set the record straight.

More idiocy from PETA. Keep the meat, throw out the annoying vegetarians - http://disenchantedjourno.blogspot.com/2010/08/good-life-keep-meat-throw-out-annoying.html


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