Jennifer Lawrence Says Screw PETA | PETA Responds

Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends a special screening of "The Hunger Games." (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

As if some people needed another excuse to fawn over Hollywood’s latest phenom Jennifer Lawrence.

The star of the smash hit “The Hunger Games” is grabbing headlines yet again, but this time not for her acting, but for her comments about PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the radical animal rights group.

In short, Lawrence doesn’t seem to be a big fan. In a recent interview in Rolling Stone, she summed up her thoughts in two words: “Screw PETA.”

Lawrence got candid when talking about a scene in her breakout movie “Winter’s Bone” where she is seen skinning a squirrel.

“I should say it wasn’t real, for PETA. But screw PETA,” she told the magazine.

PETA wasn’t too happy, and decided to attack the 21-year-old star’s age.

“She’s young and the plight of animals somehow hasn’t yet touched her heart. As Henry David Thoreau said, ‘The squirrel you kill in jest, dies in earnest,’”  PETA’s Ingrid Newkirk told Gothamist. “We are told that this squirrel was hit by a car, but when people kill animals, it is the animals who are ‘screwed,’ not PETA, and one day I hope she will try to make up for any pain she might cause any animal who did nothing but try to eke out a humble existence in nature.”

The young actress spent a month in the backwoods preparing for “Winter’s Bone,” and she seems to have fallen in love at least somewhat with the lifestyle: she told Rolling Stone that once she’s done with her next movie she’s “thinking about buying a house. And a big dog. And a shotgun.”