Thanks, PETA!

Gotta love PETA sometimes — they appear to have launched a Northwest huntress’s cable TV career with some silly campaign earlier this summer.

The group targeted Kristy Lee Cook, a former American Idol contestant and now star of a hunting show, Goin’ Country, urging her to join other Idol alums who advocate for animals.

Apparently they didn’t realize that, umm, hunters have been standing up for animals far longer than arguably almost any group in the United States.

Take it away Kristy Lee:

“Given that hunters have done more for American wildlife conservation than any other group in history, I make no apology for being one,” she said in a statement to FOX News. “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.”

Reports Mark Freeman of the Medford Mail-Tribune in a profile on the 26-year-old Eagle Point, Ore., resident, “The verbal jousting made headlines from the New York Times to the Los Angeles Times, and the show took off.”

Read more here.

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