Photo of Kristy Lee Cook.
Kristy Lee Cook isn't just a singer, but a hunter as well. CC by friskytune/Flickr

“American Idol” fans likely remember Kristy Lee Cook, a top-10 finisher from season seven back in 2008 who brought country flair to her performances. Her country stylings were perhaps what paved the way for her most recent role on the Versus channel show “Goin’ Country,” where  hunting and singing are common activities. The hunting, unfortunately, has upset animal rights group PETA. The controversial organization is waiting for Kristy Lee Cook’s full mea culpa.

Kristy Lee Cook isn’t backing down

Fox News reports that Kristy Lee Cook has no words of apology for “Goin’ Country”. PETA had harsh words for the former “Idol” star, whom they’d hoped would toe the line and advertise with them in support of animal right as Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler and Simon Cowell have done before. Cook had her own words for PETA, in defense of her personal beliefs and those of responsible American hunters. She told Fox that “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.”

Kristy Lee Cook hunts, sings and goes organic

“Goin’ Country” gives viewers a slice of the Cook life. Much of her time is devoted to her animal charity, the Kristy Lee Horse Heaven Foundation. Among her family’s recreational pursuits is hunting. During the program, Cook makes a point of showing that she handles hunting in a responsible fashion, focusing on conservation and healthy roles meat can play in one’s diet. “If I don’t take the meat home to my family, then we give it to orphanages or homeless shelters,” Cook assured the public.

Knowing more about meat

Leslie Aiello, an anthropologist, told NPR recently that when humans began to eat meat it fostered in major changes. Specifically, she told NPR that “What we think is that this dietary change around 2.3 million years ago was one of the major significant factors in the evolution of our own species.” The use of tools in hunting for and cutting up meat went hand in hand with brain development. Most significantly, the caloric and fat value of meat gave brains the energy needed for growth. In theory, the more energy-efficient transaction gave brains what they needed to grow larger. The subsequent invention of cooking also helped brain development, as it requires social interaction and division of work.

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