No 'ag gag' law in Tennessee
  • Petitioning Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville

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Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville
Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden

No 'ag gag' law in Tennessee

    1. Petition by

      Tennesseans Against Ag Gag

As the Tennessee General Assembly convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, Tennesseans must send a message to our legislators that we don't want anti-whistleblowing legislation in our state.

Ag gag laws are bad for animals, bad for people, bad for the environment, bad for food safety and bad for free speech. These ALEC-sponsored laws are only good for corporations.


"Ag gag" legislation was passed by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2013, but Gov. Haslam vetoed the bill after the state attorney general warned that the legislation was “constitutionally suspect.” The bill’s sponsors, Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, and Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, pledged to re-write the bill and re-introduce it in 2014.

On his blog, greenisthenewred.com, activist and author Will Potter writes that "ag gag" bills attempt to "censor whistle blowers, investigators, and journalists who expose animal welfare abuses on factory farms and slaughterhouses. Investigations by groups like the Humane Society, Mercy for Animals, and Compassion Over Killing have exposed shocking animal cruelty and consumer health dangers in the food industry. They have led to the largest meat recall in US history, criminal charges, and international media exposure. Rather than put a stop to these abuses, corporations are trying to criminalize the whistle blowers who expose them."

You should opposed "ag gag" legislation if you care about animal rights, the environment, food labeling, social justice, corporate control of your freedoms and your food supply, free speech or the First Amendment issues.

We defeated ALEC's "ag gag" legislation in 2013. We won't let it pass in 2014.

 

 

To:
Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville
Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden
Do not introduce another "ag gag" bill in the Tennessee General Assembly

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Regina Garrett NASHVILLE, TN
      • 9 months ago

      It is deplorable to cloak the abuse of helpless animals with the façade of protection. The Ag Gag bill would only benefit the greed of the few who value money over morals, ethics, and Christian principals. While simultaneously being a detriment to all humans, animals, and our society as a whole.

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    • Lisa Freeman FAIRVIEW, UNITED STATES MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS
      • 9 months ago

      It is vital to our life as humans and Americans. It is sick abuse to raise animals that way and feed it to the public in a "happy" way

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    • Bobbie Wendelken DURHAM, NC
      • 9 months ago

      In 2006, researchers from New South Wales University and Griffith University confirmed what many psychologists already suspected: animal cruelty is closely linked with "lack of empathy" and "callous disregard" in children. IN other words, Children can't relate to adults yet, so we teach them empathy and compassion through animals. These traits are commonly associated with psychopaths, and animal cruelty is a better predictor of these traits than problematic parenting. When animals are abused, people are at risk.

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    • Leslene Dunn CLAREMONT, SOUTH AFRICA
      • 9 months ago

      Agreed.

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    • Daniela Bress NIEDERSACHSEN, GERMANY
      • 9 months ago

      That's so pathetic!

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