A spokesperson for PETA, an animal rights organization, is speaking out against Cook’s love for hunting.
“Instead of angering thousands of would-be fans by killing helpless animals on camera in 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,”said a PETA spokesperson in a statement on Fox411.com.
Cook fired back at the organization saying to Fox411.com, “Given that hunters have done more for American wildlife conservation than any other group in history, I make no apology for being one. 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 Goin’ Country also spotlights her love for horses and her involvement with the “Kristy Lee Horse Heaven Foundation,” a charity for rescuing horses.
“The show is serious about our hunt, but it also has my rescue horses in it,” Cook said. “Spotlighting them is really important to me.”
Goin’ Country airs on the Versus network.