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.