American Idol's Kristy Lee Cook Is Goin' Country With a Gun; PETA Mad At Her

Former American Idol finalist Kristy Lee Cook is back on TV. This she is carrying a gun. Cook, who finished seventh on Season 7 of Idol in 2008, is starring in a new series about her life, her music and big-game hunting called Goin’ Country with Kristy Lee Cook. It’s airing on cable channel Versus.

The show features her going out in search of hunting trophies with the likes of fellow Idol finalist Blake Lewis and singer Aaron Tippin, as well as giving a glimpse into her own life and music she’s currently working on. Cook and her label, Arista Nashville, parted ways after she released her first album, “Why Wait,” in late 2008; she’s currently looking for a new label.

Of course, PETA is now upset over Cook’s new show. Here is what they said:

“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.”

Underwood is a vegetarian, Pickler has spoken out about only wearing fake fur and former judge Simon Cowell is an advocate for animal adoption.

Cook defended herself and the thousands of Americans who hunt by saying this:

“Given that hunters have done more for American wildlife conservation than any other group in history, I make no apology for being one,” Cook told FOX411.com. “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.”

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