This is what's called an 'Ag Gag' bill because it will allow animal abusers and big agribusinesses to hide cruelty from the public. It also aims to punish honest, compassionate and law abiding citizens who try to expose abuse of livestock.
If passed this will not protect livestock from abuse!
The Knoxville News Sentinel says, "The bill would force news-gatherers to turn over to authorities the contents of their still and video cameras. The practice would violate the legal principle of prior restraint, which prevents the government from interfering with the publication of the news and is guaranteed by the First Amendment."
It makes it impossible for journalists to do in-depth reporting and for undercover workers to report patterns of abuse upon other workers, animals, or the environment. It will make everyone question food coming from our state. It will put a stain on our reputation when we have so many compassionate people here.
Carrie Underwood says: "If Gov. Bill Haslam signs this, he needs to expect me at his front door." Let's hope the Governor does the right thing to protect the integrity of food from Tennessee. Carrie also later tweeted "I'm just a tax paying citizen concerned for the safety of my family."
Everyone in Tennessee signing this, please also make a quick and polite phone call to Governor Haslam at 615-741-2001 and urge him to oppose SB1248/HB1191. You can say "I live here in Tennessee, and calling to ask you to oppose SB1248/HB1191 because I think it's important to have our state's food system be honest and transparent."
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