Ellen DeGeneres, HSUS Take on Tenn. Antiwhistleblower Bill

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National Audience Focuses on Gov. Haslam as Ellen DeGeneres, Humane Society of the United States Take on Tenn. Antiwhistleblower Bill

image002April 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.

(See your local listing for the Ellen DeGenerous Show and make the call. Nothing happens unless YOU pick up the phone and call Gov. Bill Haslem – Jerry)

 

AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
19 Comments
  • janwindsong

    I called. (615) 741-2001. The secretary was polite and listened to my 50 second statement ending with a request that he veto the bill. She said she would pass on my message. I told her I live in California but have loved TWH and always thought well of TN until the truth on the training and devices became known and tolerated. I asked her to please encourage the Governor to veto the bill.

    April 24, 2013
  • Peggy Rollie

    Hope the Governor’s call line will be flooded. Very nice secretary thanked me & will let the Governor know. Phone # 615-741-2001

    April 24, 2013
  • Gracemarie Elliott

    Dear HSUS, Ellen, and HfH, I am thrilled that Ellen has chosen to help in our fight to end Horse Slaughter and transport of American Horses for Slaughter.

    This type of “revelation” is exactly what I have been making a “stink” about!

    I am considering this a Miracle, an absolute Miracle and am so grateful and thankful that she has chosen this route.

    I know that her wife Porsia (sp) is a HorseWoman so I suppose that she is too.

    I know that Willie Nelson is thrilled to have some
    “Celebrity Help”–I decided that , as Mary Chapin Carpenter says “I’ll take my Chances”–and decided to grab at any lead line that I could to STOP Horse Slaughter and The Transport of Horses in America or from America for Horse Slaughter.

    With her help and all of the members of the Humane Society of the United States and Habitat for Horses and all of our members and all Horse Lovers, Animal Lovers and Those wishing to end this I thank Her for giving our cause “Publicity.”

    Now, I will Pray that it will just work.

    April 24, 2013
  • Daryl

    thank you Ellen please help us.

    April 24, 2013
  • Jade

    Margaret Mead:
    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.

    WE ARE DEFINITELY ON A ROLL HERE! WOOHOO!!!

    April 24, 2013
  • michele day

    First want thank Ellen for helping horse’s

    I need some help thanking the person who saved my mare in 1993 , have been told they took her to Alaska in 2002

    April 25, 2013
  • Bonnie.M.Groves

    I am so very Happy Ellen has joined this Fight, My Family has been involved in this for some time now. I might add that what it has done is make this home a Vegan household having no argument in the then hypocrisy of being meat eaters of what was the norm of food grade Animals. Becoming Vegan has only intensified our efforts and now even a picture of meat looks like a horror scene to Me, NO Animals are food items, they ALL know fear, pain and complete confusion as to why Humans are so cruel.

    April 25, 2013
  • Bob

    In the past I attended many of the ‘Horse Events’ at the state fair in Dallas. I had no idea that the Tennessee walking horses were tortured to get them to perform in competition. Now that I know about soring I am nearly nauseated that I once enjoyed their performances. It’s been years since I was there and hopefully the state of Texas and the fair have seen the light and abandoned events that promote torture and abuse of these fine horses. If not, this is yet another area for concern and for bringing pressure through every means available to have it stopped. Shame on Larry Wheelon and countless others that engage in this practice, and thank you Ellen for your efforts to make it easier to report abuse and shed light on this immoral and dangerous practice.

    April 25, 2013
  • Robynne Catheron

    Many thanks to Ellen, HSUS, and as always, HfH. Now let’s all make the call.

    April 25, 2013
  • LNorman

    Will TN gov Haslam veto ag-gag bill? This is what his brother is up to: http://www.npr.org/2013/04/19/178005679/pilot-flying-j-gas-stations-target-of-federal-investigation

    April 25, 2013
  • Jane Bozman

    I called and told the person answering the phone to urge Gov. Haslam to veto SB 1248 because it is an outrageous attempt to stop people from reporting animal abuse.

    April 25, 2013
  • Rebekah Becky Majors-Manley

    CALLED. I RESIDE IN TN AND I LIVE IN THE AREA WHERE HORSE SHOWS MAKE OR BREAK THIS ECONOMY. I CARE ABOUT THE ANILMALS BEING TREATED WITH CARE AND INTEGRITY. I SUPPRT THE MOVEMENT TO KEEP ANIMALS TREATED AS WE WOULD TREAT PEOPLE- KINDLY AND WITH RESPECT. GOVERNOR HASLAM GOT MY CALL BUT HE DOES NOT EVEN CARE FOR THE TN PEOPLE AS HIS RECENT REJECTION OF MEDICAID EXPANSION SHOWED US.SAD. VERY SAD ABOUT THAT. I KEEP TRYING THOUGH- EVERY CALL COUNTS AND IS DOCUMENTED.

    April 25, 2013
  • Valerie Wehmueller

    Love Ellen, &, Wayne Pacelle of the HSUS!! For all or any “neigh-sayers” out there, this was one of the biggest, national animal abuse awareness messages ever! I was so excited as I watched Ellen, that I jumped up & down like a kid, shouted & yelled, & ran straight to our computer to share their message on Facebook! My family thought I was a little crazy, until I told them what happened. Millions watch Ellen everyday, now millions are educated on animal abuse, &, how our ass-backward, conniving government is trying to make animal protection a crime! This is one small victory for farm animals, horses, & hopefully all animals. We need people like Ellen, a big animal lover & advocate, to help spread our message & the truth, through the media, on live television, on the internet, whatever it takes! If it takes celebrity clout, then so be it! She’s donating to the HSUS because it takes major money to fight corruption, court & attorney fees, & to take animals into protective care, & to fight for their rights, &, for our right to know!

    April 25, 2013
  • Mary Anne Gardner

    Thank you Ellen, let’s see what can be done, Please help!!

    April 25, 2013
  • Cheryl Schwoerer

    I think the humane society of Tennessee should continue to be able to take pictures of the horrible way they are treating the Tennessee Walking Horses. I believe these horses should not be subjected to torture. How would the human beings that put chemicals and other things on the feet of these horses feel if it was done to them?

    April 25, 2013
  • Jennfier

    Called.

    April 26, 2013
  • Debra

    So glad Ellen that you are helping. Moved to Nashville 8 years ago from NY and was appalled to find that Live stock and domestic pets are being treated cruel with no rights.
    And breed discrimination needs to stop. No bad dogs just bad owners. I think we need to change the laws and large fines and prison time needs to be implemented. I’m tired of hearing takes to much money to keep in prison. well do house arrest for few years….

    April 27, 2013
  • Daryl

    Debra has the right idea, house confinement is a great idea, and take the animals away from them too, if you don’t have them you can’t hurt them, yes we have to teach them right from wrong, but in a very humane way. These horses are forced to do a very un-natural gate, this should not be at all.

    April 28, 2013
  • hopefully, we can all help you help animals that
    are being harmed by horrible, horrible humans. its a shame they(the low life humans) can’t be hurt the same way they are giving so much pain to those animals.thank you Ellen+Wayne +all that are helping you help the animals.
    Edda, from Australia.

    June 24, 2013