HSUS, Underwood pressure TN governor to veto bill

The Humane Society of the United States and singer Carrie Underwood are among those pressuring Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto a bill they say would end undercover investigations of animal abuse in the state.

The bill requires anyone who photographs or videos livestock cruelty to report the violation to a local law enforcement agency and submit any photos or recordings to them within 48 hours.

HSUS president and CEO Wayne Pacelle says the bill is part of a national movement to silence whistleblowers and cover up animal abuse.  HSUS is running television ads encouraging Tennesseans to contact the governor’s office to encourage a veto.    

Carrie Underwood, a supporter of HSUS, took to Twitter to scold Tennessee lawmakers for passing the bill. 

“Shame on TN lawmakers for passing the Ag Gag bill,” Underwood tweeted last week. “If Gov. Bill Haslam signs this, he needs to expect me at this front door.  Who’s with me?”

Media groups also oppose the bill, saying it would hinder journalists and others from documenting abuse.

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