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No Rush To Weigh In On Animal Cruelty Bill
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013, by Blake Farmer, WPLN
Gov. Bill Haslam says he is still studying the animal cruelty legislation that passed the legislature by the narrowest possible margin. Credit: TN Photo Services
Animal cruelty legislation dubbed the “ag gag bill” has lit up the phones and overflowed the inboxes of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. But the veto campaign has failed to speed up the process. The bill requiring activists to turnover footage of livestock abuse has yet to reach the governor’s desk.
Once Haslam has the physical bill in his hands, he has roughly two weeks either to veto, sign or let it go into law without a signature.
Celebrities from country music to daytime TV have chimed in. And while Haslam says he’s listening to them, he’s also asking his own questions. Is it constitutional to require animal cruelty evidence to be given to police within 48 hours? And what are the motivations for supporters?
“I actually try to go beyond that to find the argument, and there’s a strong feeling from the agriculture community that there are some people that don’t value what we do.”
The Humane Society of the United States has been the primary target of the bill. The organization has conducted several long term undercover stings, including one that led to the conviction of a Tennessee Walking Horse trainer last year.