Nashville Animal Advocacy Message Board › SB1248 DISSAPPOINTMENT - BUT!! STILL TIME TO HELP!!!
Yesterday afternoon, SB1248, aka the "Ag-gag" or "Anti-Whistleblower" bill, went to the Senate floor for a vote.
We are disappointed to report that the bill passed by a vote of 22-9!!!
HB1191, the House version of the 'Ag-Gag' Bill is going to a vote tomorrow, Wednesday, April 17 at 8:30am!
We need to call our Representatives NOW to ask them to OPPOSE HB1191.
(see below for list of Representatives)
During the Senate floor discussion today, senators chose NOT to vote on the amendment, so it was tabled
View video at www.tnga.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=269&clip_id=7814
Scroll to SB1248 in the index section
In the House Calendar & Rules Committee, Rep. Jon Lundberg expressed concern about the bill affecting one's First Amendment rights. When Rep. Andy Holt, the bill's sponsor, was asked why animal rights activists would oppose this bill, Holt responded by saying, "...there are individuals and...animal activist groups that utilize these long-term undercover investigations as...a pretty lucrative revenue-generation tool."
View video at www.tnga.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=269&clip_id=7819
Scroll to HB1191 in the index section
Rep. Holt, are you aware that the horses who were seized in the Tennessee Walking Horse scandal last year have been under 24-hour security since they were seized almost a year ago?? That they are being boarded and provided with daily care, including extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation due to the ramifications of soring? That Jackie McConnell was indicted on multiple counts of animal cruelty at the state level and is awaiting trial and that the horses will remain in protective custody until then? There is nothing revenue-generating about this.
Holt went on to say that "the intention of this bill was to help guard the economic value of [the poultry, pork, beef, cattle, horse] industries" and added that he is "not opposed to continuing the onus placed in this bill on other companion animals as well" next year. That could mean that puppy mills could be the next industry getting 'protection'!
Alphabetical Listing of Representatives
PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL ASAP!!!!
vote is 8:30am tomorrow!