Don't support the Ag Gag Bill! Don't support the Ag Gag Bill! That's what some celebrities and animal rights groups are hollering, but have any of them actually read the bill? What does this alleged Ag Gag bill actually do in Tennessee?
The bill is very simple and says that if you make a photo or video of animal abuse you must give it to the law enforcement authorities, or as Dierks Bently says, the "po po," within twenty-four hours. Well, gag me with a spoon! Doesn't this sound like a common sense thing to do?
Now the folks that say they only want to protect me and other animals don't want to protect me with this bill.
Why? They don't want to turn in any evidence of abuse until they want to and therefore prolong the abuse. The animal activists want control in order to use the evidence for their own gains and not to help the animal that was in trouble. If you want to stop abuse then you tell the proper authorities immediately so they can take action. Isn't that what you are supposed to do when you see any crime?
They call this Animal Abuse Reporting bill the "Ag Gag" bill, but it does nothing of the sort. It makes the crime not reporting evidence of abuse. If we're going to live in a law abiding society then shouldn't we obey the laws instead of acting like vigilantes?
Whether you are a cow or a person, if you live in Tennessee or not, I urge you to contact Gov. Haslam and ask him to SIGN HB 1191/SB 1248, the Animal Abuse Reporting bill. (615) 741-2001 or e-mail email@example.com.
I'm just a dairy cow and my farmer is good to me and I support this bill.
Agent 228, reporting from the Udder Side.