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Country Singer Throws Star Power Down on “Ag-Gag”

If Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam wants to have county superstar Carrie Underwood on his doorstep, apparently all he has do to is sign the Animal Cruelty and Abuse Act just passed by his state legislature.

At least that’s the “threat” Underwood tweeted out on Thursday, adding “Who’s with me?”

Apparently the Tennessee Senate and House are not with the Nashville star on this one. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Tennessee’s version of “ag-gag” passed the Senate 22-to-9 and the House 50-to-43. Underwood then added her celebrity to the opposition to the bill, which would become law with the Governor’s signature.

If so, Tennessee would become the seventh state to adopt some version of an “ag-gag” law. Nashville lawmakers limited their bill to requiring anyone taking photographs or shooting video of animal abuse to turn unedited copies over to law enforcement within 24 hours.

As adopted, the bill contains no penalty for not adhering to the reporting requirement. If signed, the act will take effect July 1.

Underwood is an animal activist and vegetarian. She is known for raising money to support animal shelters.

“Ag-gag” laws are opposed by animal welfare groups involved in undercover investigations of commercial animal agricultural enterprises.

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  • John Coryat

    I find it curious that any “Ag-Gag” bill would make it into law. These are counter to the public’s best interest and are aimed at hiding cruelty and unsafe conditions from the public eye. Undercover operations to air this horror are important and useful tools in the protection of our food safety and animal welfare.

  • Why make a law with no penalty. That’s not a law it’s a suggestion!

  • Peter Goslett

    I believe all the “ag-gag” bills are a total outrage and trammel the rights of each and every citizen who wnats to know how animals are treated in any facility that processes them or their by-products as food.

    • Katita2009

      If citizens want to know where their food comes from then they should ask the farmers who raise the animals, not get their information from the undercover animal rights activists who only have the vegetarian/vegan agenda. These people instigate and record incidents of ‘cruelty’. They then edit and voice over the videos to suit their agendas. Because many Americans do no know the common accepted practices used on farms they cannot help but feel anger and sorrow for animals that are ‘suffering’. Farmers do NOT want their animals to suffer and many have their employees sign forms stating that they will report abuse if they see it so that the perpetrator can be dealt with. Usually the animal rights activists will NOT stop any abuse they see, they will join in, then edit the tapes and then sit on it for months until they release it. If the abuse goes on unbeknownst to the owner how are they ever going to stop it? ANY abuse needs to be reported immediately. That’s why they have these laws so that it will be addressed in a timely manner, not when it suits the animal rights activists.

  • sailorferrets

    Ag Gag laws are bad for consumers, animal rights, and worker rights. This isn’t something that we should leave to the hands of the states since factory farms ship their “product” throughout the nation. We all know what happened in the time of slavery when we left social justice to the hands of the states. Don’t let the same thing happen here. SIGN & SHARE the FEDERAL PETITION to stop Ag Gag laws, sponsored by Institute for Critical Animal Studies, North America, at http://wh.gov/M6yq #AgGagBad