Petition Targets Tennessee Governor Urging Him Against Ag Gag Bill




Tennessee Walking Horse Abuse ABC copyWASHINGTON, (ACLU) – Any day now, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam could sign an “Ag-Gag” bill designed to intimidate whistleblowers, journalists and activists who conduct photo or video investigations of animal abuse.

The visual evidence from these investigations has been critical to exposing terrible cruelty to animals, as well as conditions that threaten our food safety.

From Watergate to Enron, we rely on the freedoms of speech and press to expose corruption, wherever it lies. And if we let factory farms gag their critics, where does it end?

Ag-Gag bills are popping up in many states, but it’s just days away from becoming law in Tennessee, and defeating it there would send a strong message to lawmakers across the country. Governor Haslam hasn’t said what he’ll do yet, so if we act fast, we can still get him to veto the bill.

Sign the petition urging Governor Haslam to veto the Ag-Gag bill.

The Tennessee Ag-Gag bill would make it illegal to wait more than 48 hours to turn over videos or photographs of animal abuse to law enforcement.

It might sound good, but in reality it keeps journalists and whistleblowers from revealing patterns of corporate wrongdoing and abuse by forcing them to expose their investigation after only two days. It also discourages everyday people who’ve witnessed animal abuse from speaking out, for fear of getting in trouble if the deadline has already passed.

That’s exactly why the agribusiness industry is among the Ag-Gag bill’s biggest backers. But we can’t let big business trample on our constitutionally-protected First Amendment rights in order to keep their cruelty and wrongdoing secret. And we have only days left to stop it.

Let’s send a message to governors and legislators across the country who are considering Ag-Gag bills by putting an end to the one in Tennessee this week.

Sign the petition to stop Tennessee’s Ag-Gag bill and send a strong message to lawmakers across the country about our rights.

Thank you for taking action,
Anthony for the ACLU Action team

1 comment for “Petition Targets Tennessee Governor Urging Him Against Ag Gag Bill

  1. carol bader
    May 1, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    we need to protect our freedom of speech

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