April 24, 2013 – A campaign to persuade Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to veto legislation that would restrict taking photographs or video on industrial factory farms hit the national airwaves today as the head of The Humane Society of the United States appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle asked viewers to call Gov. Haslam and urge him to veto SB1248 – a bill in one of 11 states to subvert animal welfare investigations.
The HSUS has launched a grassroots, social media and advertising campaign to encourage the governor to veto the controversial bill, which is opposed by a broad coalition of First Amendment proponents, animal welfare organizations, journalists and press associations, and a bipartisan group of Tennessee legislators who tried to halt the bill’s progress in the waning hours of the Tennessee legislative session.
“Ellen DeGeneres and I reminded her millions of viewers that these bills are a bald-faced attempt by agribusiness interests to close the curtains on inhumane and unacceptable practices and conduct on factory farms” said Pacelle. “We need more transparency, not less, in discussing animal production practices in our country.”
Lawmakers in Indiana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Vermont are considering bills similar to the legislation that narrowly passed in the Tennessee legislature last week.