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Victory: Tennessee’s ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill Is Dead!

Written by Michelle Kretzer | May 13, 2013

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today vetoed the state’s “ag-gag” bill, an attempt by the agriculture industry to prevent American consumers from learning about the cruelty inherent in factory farming. The governor agreed with animal advocates and legal scholars who loudly criticized the bill, acknowledging concerns that it was “constitutionally suspect” and that it “actually makes it more difficult to prosecute animal cruelty cases.” 

Even when it appeared certain that Haslam would sign the bill into law, animal advocates in Tennessee and across the country refused to back down. Tens of thousands of kind people like you reposted PETA’s action alert, spoke out against the bill, and flooded Haslam’s e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter accounts with messages urging him to veto it. A long list of celebrities also voiced their opposition, including Emmylou Harris, Carrie Underwood, Wynonna Judd, Miley Cyrus, Tish Cyrus, Ellen DeGeneres, Tony Kanal, CMT President Brian Philips, and Republican strategist Mary Matalin—who also sent lawmakers a video in which she highlights the importance of PETA’s undercover work in prosecuting animal abusers.

And we won.

Please take a moment to tweet @BillHaslam and thank him for showing some mercy to animals on factory farms.

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  • Michelle Turner says:

    In response to my petition this last month to oppose HB 2258/ SB 2406, I received an email from William Lamberth (rep.william.lamberth@capitol.tn.gov).
    He wrote to me as follows:

    “Thank you very much for your email Michelle. The bill you reference below has been amended to avoid the very concerns you mention. The current bill simply defines the word disrupt which is not defined anywhere else in the code. This strengthens the legislation to ensure that well-meaning individuals do not inadvertently violate the law. Previously there was no guidance on what disrupt actually means. Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime on this topic or any other. It is an honor to serve as your State Representative.

    -WL”

    I did send a reply email which included language, “As far as I still understand, I still oppose S.B. 2406/H.B. 2258, based on the definition.”

  • Anne says:

    Thank you, thank you and thank you. I am very happy to be vegan….I dream of the day that there will be NO meat consumption.

  • Alice says:

    Glad the human reasoning prevail and there is still hope. I look forward to have a lunch today at Veggie Grill. Happy Friday everyone.

  • J. Müller says:

    Thank you

  • tattjana says:

    bringing it into the sunlight does provoke people to become vegan, like myself after a swiss undercover video from the states,of course the firms would wanna hold that horrific practice in the dark-i just dont see why does slaughter has to be equal with torture, even in the dictionaries you’ll find it under a different page-but thank you for acting wise and careful,for the animals sake

  • Dixie Lee Howe says:

    Thank you PETA and Bill!! So glad to know many other people who care about Farm Animal cruelty!! Let’s work together to make this world a better place! God Bless!

  • Angeleke says:

    Thank-you, Gov. Haslam, for your enlightened decision to veto the “AG GAG” bill. Humans need to endorse constitutional rights for animals. In this “homocene era”, we behave as though all other species on earth are only here to serve us. Hopefully other states will follow your example.

  • Inge Bjorkman says:

    Thanks PETA for being there where it is needed. Love

  • S Earlene says:

    Everyday I am amazed at the kindness that we find in people such as Bill. It only takes one person to start to change others to see their point of view.

  • wolfey says:

    i live in tennesee i am 13 and have big dreams to help animals wen i grow up i hope i can go on protest because there is not many peta people here but i am happy to know that i turned a girl vegan thx to peta!!!!! thx peta!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mah says:

    Thank u very much and the world bless u .

  • Cara says:

    The Tennessee Walking Horses that are being abused and burned alive that you. A big thanks from The Wounded Heart Tennessee Walking Horse Rehabilitation Center & Ziggy! Animal abuse in Tennessee goes far beyond just the abuse of farm animals. This is a step in the right direction.

  • Cara says:

    You’re scared of the truth!

  • Melanie Cope says:

    Thank you, Gov. Bill Haslam!

  • Diane Gilliam says:

    this cruelty to these animals needs to stop.

  • Carla Womack says:

    Thank you for vetoing the horrible bill for animals.

  • Kat Ramirez says:

    ANIMAL ABUSE IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. IN ANY FORM AND ESPECIALLY WHEN RAISED TO BE KILLED AT A YOUNG AGE FOR FOOD. SHAME ON YOU TENNESSEE, GROW UP!!

  • Deb Conner says:

    All the bastards who supported this filth are domestic terrorists and enemies of the people. They should be charged and imprisoned….

  • Barbara Mizvitowicz says:

    I think it is wrong what they do to animals. It should be exposed every animal is a living creature and they shouldn’t go through torture it saddens me to see this bill passed. It is abuse and people should be held accountable for their actions.

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