by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Causes
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carrie underwoodEarlier this week, Carrie Underwood announced that she will be donating a portion of the proceeds from her new version of Mötley Crüe’s Home Sweet Home to The Humane Society of the United States. Underwood’s song will get the prime-time treatment each week on American Idol — as the show has adopted the single as its goodbye theme for voted off contestants.

Of course, not everyone is a fan of this charitable donation — particularly the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, a lobbying and hunters rights group. “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.”

The U.S. Sportsman Alliance is urging hunters across America to contact executives at FOX Broadcasting and “demand that Underwood’s song not be given a stage to raise money for HSUS.”

Um, yea, good luck with that one. Underwood is a heavy star and FOX isn’t going to drop her single and alienate her music because some hunters are upset at her choice in charity. ‘Nuff said.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://www.vegangrub.com Eric

    Given the terrible anti-animal rights press that Fox has been a platform for, I am actually surprised that they are approving of this song and the donations it makes. Money is the bottom line, I suppose.

    The quotes of the VP of U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance sums up their ignorant opinions, “hunting and other responsible uses of animals” and “destroying the rights of thousands of her fans”. What about the rights of the animals to live normal lives?

    And how is hunting associated with sport? Its some idiot with a high-powered rifle shooting an unsuspecting deer from about a million miles away. Not much challenge in that.

  • http://nothoney.com sheryl

    Any day you can piss off the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a good day.

  • http://pompousvegan.blogspot.com Misty Snatchwrath

    “Hunting and other responsible uses of animals”? Sounds to me like these people are idiots.

  • steph

    I love how they say the HSUS is a “radical” organization.

    I was waiting for them to say “there are SO many other charities she could be giving to! she is wasting it by giving to thoese crazy AR people!! WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?@?@?#@!#?!@#”

    They need to shut up and go back to shooting each other in the woods (one can only hope)

  • s

    hunting is the exact opposite of responsible! hsus is not a “radical organization” trying to “take away people’s rights.” they’re just trying to limit the number of creatures those horrible people (aka hunters) slaughter.

  • mikaelie

    i respect carrie even more, for standing up for what she believes in and the rights of animals. i dont think carrie will lose any fans she has very loyal fans and we stand by carrie, especially since shes fighting for a good cause and theres so many animal lovers that support what she is doing…c

  • katie

    hunter hang deer antlers on their walls..”how dare carrie fight for the animals rights to live because their suppost to die to be mounted on walls”
    i wonder how the hunter would like their heads mounted on walls…hunting an animal to live is one thing hunting an animal fir fun is another thing i think this so called sport should be banned…i support carrie and she has every right to fight for what she believes in, fox will not listen to you hunting savages…shame on you.

  • katie

    excuse the spelling but im an animal lover and hunters alliance anger me…

    i love carrie for this.

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  • JohnnyZu

    Many of these comments are unfair to the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and it’s members. Please remember that people like these are still adjusting from not being able to responsibly use slaves, women and children.

  • lambo

    Give me a break. Carrie is supporting the program that deals with adopting and neutering stray cats and dogs.

  • jamie lynn

    JohnnyZu! you are hilarious!

    as someone who comes from a long line of hunters (and abhors the “ritual” myself), i can honestly say i’m surprised the Hunters Alliance crawled out of their camouflaged tree forts and put down the Pabst long enough to take a stand against a sweet, talented vegetarian trying to give back to an important cause. she in no way openly attacked the alliance, she is merely choosing to donate to an organization that seeks to protect animals from abuses. they must feel threatened by this…

  • pedro

    You pathetic bunch of bleeding hearts. What do you think our ancesters ate and lived on. You hipocritical sissies had better not be wearing leather shoes or carring leather purses. Maybe you should try a big thick well cooked venison steak that was harvested by an ethical, responsible hunter. It just might make your dick hard again.

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  • Garrick

    It appalls me to think that humans care more about an animal than sustaining a fellow humans life. God put animals on this earth for man to rule over. I bowhunt and am thankful for every one of the hundreds of animals I have harvested to put food I my families table. Self serving celebrities are only in it for fame and fortune. Remember the “Dixie Chicks”? Ask them about alienating their fanbase. God bless.

  • meateater

    you people are so out of tune and stupid it’s no wonder this country is in the shitter. you ALL associate “hunters” with gun hunters. GET A CLUE there’s more than just gun hunters. what about archery? Archers’ aren’t able to shoot “about a million miles away”. thats has got to be the most assinine staement i’ve seen next to this one,”i wonder how the hunter would like their heads mounted on walls…hunting an animal to live is one thing hunting an animal fir fun is another thing i think this so called sport should be banned.”

    and i ask all you animal lovin idiots that know absolutely nothing, what gives the animals more rights to live than a human?

    HEY CARRIE…… let me know how your label is going to feel knowing that there are about 60 MILLION hunters (and their families)here in the US alone. so that would rouyghly equate to about $600 Million lost if you piss off to many .

  • jamie lynn

    how do all these trolls find us? ;p

  • Pat

    I wish people would research before typing junk here. The American Humane Society and HSUS are two different organizations. HSUS wants to completely ban all forms of hunting, where as the American Humane Society cares for dogs and cats. If all forms of hunting were banned, then the balance of animals would be upset. How would you feel about deer being starved to death, or hogs invading your neighborhoods? Hunters help with environmental concerns in regard to animals. Please think and research before making comments that are ridiculous. How would you feel if I posted a comment and said I was glad your child was mauled by a vicious animal?

  • meateater

    “as someone who comes from a long line of hunters (and abhors the “ritual” myself), i can honestly say i’m surprised the Hunters Alliance crawled out of their camouflaged tree forts and put down the Pabst long enough to take a stand against a sweet, talented vegetarian trying to give back to an important cause. she in no way openly attacked the alliance, she is merely choosing to donate to an organization that seeks to protect animals from abuses. they must feel threatened by this…”

    oh BS…… do you know what HSUS even stands for?
    OR wht the effects would be if the ,as someone called it, so called “sport” was banned? the insurance rates would TRIPLE in cost because there would be 4 times as many car accidents. NOT to mention crop damage’s would sky rocket because of the amount of deer( it’s bad enough now since the re-introduction of turkeys)causing the prices of all the Veggies that she and some others eat to “survive”(term used loosely). Look i have no problem with ANYONE not wanting to see the animals suffer, heck i don’t either. to be honest when i hear of stupid idiots taking dumb shots, i let them know about it but i also MAKE sure they do everything they and i can to find the animal and end any suffering if there is still any from the dumb ass’s shot. Don’t assume we are ALL in the same boat as the few ignorant dumb sh*ts that give the hunters a bad name. “we”, as in the deer hunters, give nearly 27 million dollars a year to the state to make sure they did their jobs, most of the time they don’t or have no clue whats going on. so if anyone should be blamed for anything its your state and not the individuals out doing what they beleive is the best for the animals herd as well as the public interests.

  • http://www.KristensRaw.blogspot.com Kristen’s Raw

    I’m heading over to buy the song and support her efforts. Go Carrie!

  • Robin

    Hey meateater, seems you don’t even know the difference between “sport” hunting and “survival” hunting. Who’s the ignorant one now. Anyway, she she doesn’t care if you eat what you hunt. She cares that your dog is spade or neutered to not create unwanted and unloved domestic animals. Get a clue!

  • Whoever…

    “it is a radical organization that seeks to end hunting and other responsible uses of animals in America”

    “You pathetic bunch of bleeding hearts. What do you think our ancesters ate and lived on. You hipocritical sissies had better not be wearing leather shoes or carring leather purses.”

    Again we have ignorant, not very evolved people expressing their reasons to justify killing animals for FUN!!!

    Don’t give me that crap about feeding your families or controlling the over population of a specific species!!
    People who hunt are not poor people – how much does it cost to get a licence, to buy a gun and the respective ammunitions, to buy other necessary equipment and to drive to the places where you kill animals so you can feel like a ‘real’ man!?

    One thing is a tribe which has limited resources and hunts to actually feed its people, another completely different is a bunch of truly frustrated and violent people (as everyone can see from the comments posted here by hunters) who get a kick out of killing animals!!!

    —-
    “OR wht the effects would be if the ,as someone called it, so called “sport” was banned? the insurance rates would TRIPLE in cost because there would be 4 times as many car accidents. NOT to mention crop damage’s would sky rocket because of the amount of deer”

    Obviously you have no idea how nature works – predators control the over population of their preys… Oh yeah I forgot, people like you are killing their predators as well…hunting them and destroying their habitat. Therefore this ‘reason’ is completely false!!


    “and i ask all you animal lovin idiots that know absolutely nothing, what gives the animals more rights to live than a human?”

    “It appalls me to think that humans care more about an animal than sustaining a fellow humans life. God put animals on this earth for man to rule over.”

    Even though these rude and pathetic comments don’t deserve any reply, I’m going to humour these Neanderthals…
    Tell me, what gives humans more right to live than animals!? God? Again you show your lack of knowledge – what’s the most important commandment?
    “You shall not kill” – I want to call you attention to the fact that it doesn’t say “You shall not kill your fellow humans”, it says “You shall not kill”, period! What…are you saying that a perfect and supreme being forgot to specify what he meant? He didn’t think about the fact that he could be misunderstood? What kind of supreme being is your God then?


    “God put animals on this earth for man to rule over.”

    Maybe you also think god put women on earth to serve men. I mean, why is god a male figure? Why isn’t he a female figure? Is it maybe because religion was always used to control the populations by keeping them in complete ignorance? And who has always ruled religions? Men have! I wonder why is that…You do the ‘maths’!!

    AR and vegetarian/vegan people in general care more about all life than the hunters who came here to point their fingers at us who don’t do any harm to anyone.

    We are not the ones who go out shooting animals who have the same right to live their lives in peace as we do!

    Wouldn’t it be fun to gather all hunters, put them in the forests without anything to survive and then force them to stay there until they realized that humans aren’t superior to any other species?
    I would love to see them try to survive without their precious guns (aren’t humans so intelligent and superior?)! Maybe they would become a little bit more humble!
    :)

  • Roy

    “Wouldn’t it be fun to gather all hunters, put them in the forests without anything to survive and then force them to stay there until they realized that humans aren’t superior to any other species?
    I would love to see them try to survive without their precious guns (aren’t humans so intelligent and superior?)! Maybe they would become a little bit more humble!”

    Ummm….i think God did this at creation! Humans weren’t given guns or weapons but since we are more intelligent and superior to other animals that we (humans) developed weapons so that we could survive! Even if you believe in evolution, you would still have to say that we (humans) created the weapons!

    You have made the best point of all for us hunters!….Thanks!

  • meateater

    first off..Robin… i do know the difference. i’ve been a survilav hunter for 25 years so ummm yeah. lets not call me ignorant. i wouldn’t agree with SOME of the points made here if i was.. i don’t take more than i need and i don’t waste. i still don’t get where you all get “sport” out if this. none of it is a sport.it’s all a challenge.

    yo “whoever”… since you made the comment about not deserving a reply. shut your yap then because you oviously don’t read or no what your talkign about. YOUR ALL STILL STUCK ON GUN HUNTERS! you may also want to do a little research yourself. i have been left without any type of weapon in the woods. and actually still do it to this day, for days at a time. it’s called training… live off the ground and live by what means are there. i’ve eaten worms, grubs, ants and many other things most wouldn’t puke at the thought of.

    while your quoting the commandments…. lets not forget HE also GAVE us Free will….

  • VeggieTart

    “Reponsible use of animals”? First off, animals do not exist for us to “use.” Second, going out and shooting animals for fun–which is what these folks mean by “Sportsman,” I assume–is hardly responsible. I don’t care what these people use; killing animals so you can have a decoration on your wall is wrong.

    Go Carrie!

  • Just wondering

    I am not saying that any of you think this way because i do not know you personally….but i do know a lot of animal rights activist that support abortion. How can they say that a women have a choice to kill a baby. and then be so outspoken about our right to hunt animals? We are not trying to make you hunters….we just want you to “let” us hunt!

  • sienna

    does anyone else have a problem with the quote “it is a radical organization that seeks to end hunting and other responsible uses of animals in America.”
    …um, the responsible uses of animals??? like, shooting them for sport? wow. very enlightened.

  • http://www.onoursleeve.com Leanne Mai-ly (Vaute Couture)

    Thanks for the laugh, these hunters are hilarious.

    I think they all could use a reality check via 30 days… http://www.hulu.com/watch/24012/30-days-animal-rights

  • http://www.groovyvegetarian.com Missy (from Groovy Vegetarian)

    Carrie was raised on a farm and as such, her compassion comes from a place that is unlike what we are normally exposed to.

    She has said many times, she made “friends” out of the animals in the farm she grew up in, to later find out the FATE of her friends.

    Hunters will NEVER be able to justify their actions with me. Call it sport, fun, food, whatever you like. It is cruel, dumb and completely unnecessary.

    Tradition? Well break it. Once upon a time slavery was tradition, too.

    Break the cycle. Grow up and stop hurting and hunting innocent creatures.

  • Mike

    Good for Carrie! She can donate to any charity she feels like. If the whiny cry-babies at the USSA don’t like it, they can bloody well lump it.

  • Matt

    These hunter trolls could at least try not to sound like backwoods, inbred rejects.

    From meateater: “you ALL associate “hunters” with gun hunters. GET A CLUE there’s more than just gun hunters. what about archery? ”

    Yeah, I’m sure getting shot with an arrow feels much better than getting shot with a gun. Oh, oh, what about knife hunters, or spear hunters, or bazooka hunters. Are they okay?

  • meateater

    now see Matt. your just a dick…… you all seem to think your way is best for everything and every one got news for you. it’s not and with the way sh*ts going in this country we will all probably find out who’s way is correct. as far as “making friends with the animals” what ever… i have friend that grew up on a farm also… big deal. they hunt more than i do because they experience the damage first hand. more then most of you probably do.. oh, oh. yeah and that is from someone that supplies you with the grit you think is all you need to survive..

    what i bunch of crap. next you all will be telling us we can’t whipe our ass’s because it’s cruel to trees….

  • meateater

    oh and by the way…. do actually think a gun shot kills them faster?… if you have that mind frame… time to read some books.

  • http://www.groovyvegetarian.com Missy (from Groovy Vegetarian)

    @meateater You sound like a total idjit. I hope one day the gun (or arrow or whatever) fires off and gets you in your TINY ballsack.

  • Deena

    Thanks Carrie! Real men (and women) are kind to animals!

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  • http://www.meat.org Evadne

    Hunters are single handedly responsible for the endangerment and extinction of countless species. I think it’s time for activists in the U.S. to get more aggressive with European-style hunt saboteur action.

  • Queen of fucking england

    I’m so glad I am Canadian. Carrie Underwood is one of the last decent americans left that has made it big and still does things to benifit animals in shelters. what does this have to do with guns? stupid american idiots.

  • uncletom

    My family and I have followed Carrie, since before she hit the top 12 on american Idol, To winning the No 1 spot on The American Idol. It really sadens us once she got famous and a LOT of money it would go to her head. Needless to say, my girls (3) and my wife and I have Distroyed what CD’s we had of her, just the same way she is trying to distroy our way of life. Live your own life carrie and leave others alone.

  • tracie

    I believe that Carrie chose what genre of music and who listened to it! Country music has a large fan base of hunters and rodeo fans. I think she is going to lose her country fan base for this! Fine she can go pop! As far as I know though hunting is legal, so while you eat your vegies I will eat my meat! I wont try to invade your lifestyle, could you stop trying to invade on mine? I am not breaking the law so get off my butt just becauseyou don’t live like you! Thank god we vote for our rights!

  • Jared

    Carrie Underwood is hot, and i have always loved her. But her choice to donate roylaties to a organization that looks to ban hunting has put her one notch down on my list. Hunters are responsible in the keeping control of animal herds to prevent over population. They have always been taught to humanely and safely harvest game in order to provide food for their families. Hunting has always been a right to every law abiding citizen. To all you anti-hunters, F*** OFF!!! Carrie Underwood will realize that her fan base is mostly hunters and she might lose them. But given that she is a phenominal singer and has an even great personality, regardless of her affiliations, she is a genuine icon in the country world and will certainly be recognized as a legend in time.

  • Leigha Silver

    Haha, that guy took the words right out of my mouth at the very end of the article. I mean really? what’s a few hunters going to do about it? and HSUS isn’t just for taking out hunting. it actually IS for the use of helping animals find a home. Hmm.. did you think of that one, Sportsman? That’s why it’s called Humane Society; not “Ban every mean of Hunting in American” Society.