Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Help fight the Ag Gag bill

Here in Tennessee, animal welfare has been a major news story as of late. In addition to on-going coverage of the abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses (latest news story here: http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013304260097), legislators are trying to pass what is being called an Ag Gag bill that would require witnesses of animal abuse to turn over evidence to police immediately.

While it sounds good on the surface, the bill, if signed into law, would mark a major setback for groups that fight animal abuse. If you've ever watched Food Inc. or any of the other movies that show animal abuse, you likely are aware that this footage was captured secretly over several days and months, usually by individuals who go undercover as ranch hands to get evidence of suspected abuse.

This bill, supported by big agriculture, would effectively make it illegal for these groups to collect evidence over time to build a case, making it that much harder to expose animal abuse.

Thousands of Tennessee residents, including myself, have contacted Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam asking him to veto this bill as it has already passed the House and is likely to pass the Senate. National celebrities, including locals like Carrie Underwood and non-locals like Ellen DeGeneres, are also sending messages to Tennessee citizens and the governor to stop this from happening.

If you live in Tennessee, I strongly encourage you to be a part of fighting this bill by calling Governor Haslam or sending him an email. The Humane Society has made it easy by posting his phone number and creating a sample email: https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=6037&s_src=A6047

If you don't live in Tennessee, I encourage you to post this link out of Facebook or Twitter to inform your Tennessee friends and show your support for the residents and organizations working hard to fight this legislation.

Want to learn more? Check out these articles about the bill:

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