Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today vetoed the state’s “ag-gag”
bill
,
an attempt by the
agriculture industry to prevent American consumers from learning about the
cruelty inherent in factory farming. The governor agreed
with animal advocates and legal scholars who loudly criticized the bill, acknowledging
concerns that it was “constitutionally suspect” and
that it “actually makes it more difficult to prosecute animal cruelty cases.” 

Even
when it appeared certain that Haslam would sign the bill into law, animal advocates
in Tennessee and across the country refused to back down. Tens of thousands of
kind people like you reposted PETA’s action alert, spoke out against the bill, and
flooded Haslam’s e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter accounts with messages urging
him to veto it. A long list of celebrities also voiced their opposition,
including Emmylou Harris,
Carrie Underwood, Wynonna Judd, Miley Cyrus, Tish
Cyrus, Ellen DeGeneres, Tony Kanal
, CMT President Brian
Philips, and Republican strategist
Mary Matalin
—who also sent lawmakers a video in which she highlights the importance of PETA’s
undercover work in prosecuting animal abusers.

And we won.

Please
take a moment to tweet
@BillHaslam
and thank him for
showing some mercy to animals on factory farms.

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Article source: PETA Files

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