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Carrie Underwood's pledge to Humane Society riles hunting groups

March 12, 2009 | 10:28 am

Carrie Underwood

Fans of "American Idol" probably are aware that Carrie Underwood has recorded a rendition of Motley Crue's  hit song, "Home Sweet Home." It's being used as a farewell theme each week for contestants leaving the show.

Also, the song is being released as a digital single and partial proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of the United States.

"I’ve always loved this song, and besides being very fitting for `Idol,' to me, the title is also very fitting with animal rescue and finding animals their own homes," Underwood said on her website.

Very well, but hunters across America, many of them country folks and fans of Underwood, might turn against her because hunters and the Humane Society are not on good terms.

"Carrie Underwood has decided to use her talents to benefit an organization dedicated to destroying the rights of thousands of her fans," Rick Story, vice president of the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, said in a news release. "HSUS does not operate or oversee animal shelters; it is a radical organization that seeks to end hunting and other responsible uses of animals in America."

U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, a lobbying and hunters rights group, urges sportsmen to contact executives at "American Idol's" parent company, Fox Broadcasting, and "demand that Underwood's song not be given a stage to raise money for HSUS."

We'll have to wait and see if Underwood changes her tune.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Carrie Underwood's plan to donate proceeds to Humane Society of the United States has drawn criticism of hunting groups. Credit: Associated Press