Victory – Tennessee Governor Vetoes Ag Gag Bill

May 15th, 2013 by Christy Griffin


IDA teamed up with animal advocates like you, other animal protection groups, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to convince Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto the state’s proposed “ag gag” bill. Ag Gag bills seek to criminalize individuals who document animal abuse in slaughterhouses and on factory farms. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are our constitutional rights as Americans.

Without the evidence that undercover video provides, the worst abuses committed by the factory farming industry would go unseen and unpunished. Ag Gag bills are a clear attempt by animal agriculture interests to suppress exposure of severe animal abuse. If the animal agriculture industry is not responsible for any wrongdoings and has nothing to hide, it should not be concerned about undercover investigations!