As we reported earlier this week, Kristy Lee Cook, who placed 7th on American Idol in 2008, is hosting a new hunting show on the Versus channel called “Goin’ Country.” The show follows the country singer as she tries to score a record deal while participating in hunts across the United States.
Obviously the decision to participate in such a “sport” and document it with a show has landed the 26-year-old in hot water with animal rights organization PETA.
Jennifer O’Connor of PETA writes, “American Idol season seven runner-up Kristy Lee Cook is doing anything she can to get her “15 Minutes of Shame.” In her new television show on Versus (formerly the Outdoor Life Network), Kristy is traveling around the country shooting animals. It sounds like she must have had those tired old defenses of hunting hammered into her as a kid, because she isn’t embarrassed to float the incredibly old saw that hunters somehow help animals … by killing them while they’re in the woods with their families minding their own business.”
O’Connor then points out that Cook should follow in the footsteps of other compassionate Idol notables like vegetarians Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler along with Simon Cowell who condemns fur and promotes spaying and neutering.