The Tennessee legislature is considering
an ag-gag bill, HB 1838. Last year a federal district court found
Idaho’s very similar “ag-gag” law unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds. Idaho’s
law made it a felony to document and expose illegal and cruel practices at
concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and other agricultural
facilities without the owner’s permission.
Laws protecting the
deplorable conditions on many agricultural facilities are dangerous for other
reasons as well. CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) are responsible for foodborne illnesses like
salmonella and listeria; are notorious for their overuse and misuse of
antibiotics, exacerbating the “superbug” problem that is rendering many
antibiotics all but useless; and ruin rural economies in a variety of ways. In
addition, there is the incredibly inhumane treatment of the animals themselves.
Write to your state legislators and urge
them to vote NO on HB 1838!
Please personalize and add your
comments if you have time!
Please Vote NO on HB 1838
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]