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Nashville Animal Advocacy Message Board › ACTION ON TN BILLS REQUIRED TODAY!!

ACTION ON TN BILLS REQUIRED TODAY!!

Laura
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Franklin, TN
I am forwarding UPAW's CALL TO ACTION:

If each of us would send only two emails now, it will make a difference. We've proven it before. This will take only 10 minutes! Send one email to your Representative (HB version) and one to your Senator (SB version) encompassing both bills below. OPPOSE HB1191 sponsored by HOLTOPPOSE SB1248 sponsored by GRESHAMTHIS IS THE ONE TO FOCUS ON!!!!!!
Known as “The Ag Gag Bill", is moving forward to the TN General Assembly this week! This bill states that a photo or video depicting cruelty to animals must be turned over to law enforcement within 24 hours, and while this may sound like a good idea to some, it is not. This bill is meant to curb the influx of photographs and videos that animal advocates collect to expose cruelty that otherwise would never be seen. One photograph or one video generally is not enough to obtain a conviction of animal cruelty (consider the investigation into the Tennessee Walking Horse scandal last year) and thus, documentation over a period of time is required. Even if this evidence is turned over to law enforcement immediately, the allegations may not be taken seriously and the alleged crime may not even be investigated. Where does this leave the animals? Or the person who turned in the evidence? This bill blows the whistle on the whistleblower and is detrimental to investigations; it must be stopped. This bill does not protect animals but rather the perpetrators of animal abuse. It is imperative we put a stop to this bill as it gaining momentum.If your Representative is HOLT (HB1191), he is the sponsor of the bill, so let him know how incensed we are. Be polite.If your Representative is HAWK, TRAVIS, JOHNSON G or TIDWELL, please thank them for having voted 'no' on this bill and ask for their continued support.
If your State Senator (SB1248) is GRESHAM, she is the sponsor of the bill, so let her know how incensed we are. Again, be polite.If your State Senator is CAMPFIELD, BELL, GARDENHIRE, GREEN OR STEVENS, they voted in favor of this bill, so we need to send them stern, but polite messages that we'd like them to oppose this bill.If your State Senator is FORD, she was not present and did not vote. Encourage a 'no' vote.If your State Senator is KELSEY or FINNEY, please thank them for having voted 'no' on this bill and ask for their continued support.
VOTE YES ON HB0132/SB0285
HELP US STOP DOG FIGHTING! has a vote on the Senate floor Monday night and in House Agriculture committee Tuesday morning. We need your help to pass a bill that will create stronger penalties for people who attend animal fights.If there are no spectators, this 'sport' will go away. There is strong opposition to this bill and we need you to make your voice heard.If your Representative (HB 0132) is LUNDBERG, he is the sponsor of this bill and we support his concern.If your Representative is HOLT MATHENY or SPIVEY, thank them for their 'yes' vote.If your State Senator is KETRON, DICKERSON OR FORD, thank them for sponsoring & co-sponsoring the bill.If your State Senator is KELSEY, OVERBEY, FINNEY L, GREEN or STEVENS, thank them for their 'yes' vote.If your State Senator is BELL or GARDENHIRE, they were present but did not vote. Encourage a 'yes' vote.
http://www.capitol.tn...­Don't underestimate your influence. We put these people in office to serve our interests. Let them know we are watching.T

PLEASE POST THIS TO YOUR FACEBOOK PAGES, ETC. AND PASS ALONG TO OTHERS AND ASK THEM TO RESPOND.

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Come on Meetup Members, we can make a difference!!  Thank you!!

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- Laura
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