Lawmaker likens animal cruelty investigations to “tape and rape”


(Note – Holt’s comments are beyond disgusting. Sadly, far too many politicians forget the reason they were originally elected to office. While the majority of the people he supposedly represents are against his “ag-gag” bill, he assumes that he knows best and anyone that disagrees with him is pathetic. In state after state, these politicians believe they are god-like ministers of truth and justice, that the masses are ignorant fools to be directed and guided because only they know what is truly best for their constituents – i.e. Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, etc…. The Islamic extremist should just hold off a little bit. We’re doing an excellent job of destroying our own country from within. – Jerry), APRIL 29, 2013  COLLETTE GILLIAN

Andy Holt, (R-Dresden) likened undercover investigations of animal abuse as "tape and rape" for the alleged abusers. He sponsored "Ag Gag legislation that would effectively ensure minimal prosecution of alleged livestock abusers in Tennessee. Credits:

Andy Holt, (R-Dresden) likened undercover investigations of animal abuse as “tape and rape” for the alleged abusers. He sponsored “Ag Gag legislation that would effectively ensure minimal prosecution of alleged livestock abusers in Tennessee.

In a vitriol-laced email, Tennessee lawmaker Andy Holt (R-Dresden) accused the Humane Society of the United States of “using animals the same way human-traffickers use 17 year old women.” and referred to undercover animal cruelty investigations as “tape and rape”.

Rep. Holt made the comments to Kayci McLeod of the Humane Society of the United States after McLeod sent him an email asking him to reconsider his position on supporting HB 1191, a bill which he sponsored. Both emails are below:

“From: Kayci McLeod []

Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:44 PM

To: Andy Holt

Subject: Please Oppose HB 1191

Dear Representative Holt,

Have you seen the editorial in the Tennessean today opposing HB 1191, the whistleblower suppression bill intended to cover up animal cruelty?

The Tennessean editorial board condemns the bill, noting that the “bill would certainly take our state in the wrong direction, toward more senseless violence.”

We very much hope you’ll agree with the Tennessean and oppose this dangerous bill. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Kayci McLeod

Public Policy Coordinator

Farm Animal Protection Campaign

The Humane Society of the United States

T: 301 258 1564″

To which Rep. Holt responded:

“From: Andy Holt []

Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11:26 PM

To: Kayci McLeod

Cc: Andy Holt

Subject: RE: Please Oppose HB 1191

Ms. McLeod,

I am extremely pleased that we were able to pass HB 1191 today to help protect livestock in Tennessee from suffering months of needless investigation that propagandist groups of radical animal activists, like your fraudulent and reprehensibly disgusting organization of maligned animal abuse profiteering corporatists, who are intent on using animals the same way human-traffickers use 17 year old women. You work for a pathetic excuse for an organization and a pathetic group of sensationalists who seek to profit from animal abuse. I am glad, as an aside, that we have limited your preferred fund-raising methods here in the state of Tennessee; a method that I refer to as “tape and rape.” Best wishes for the failure of your organization and it’s true intent.

Andy Holt

State Representative – District 76

Weakley & Northern Carroll Counties

205 War Memorial Building

301 6th Ave. North

Nashville, TN 37243



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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • linda carey

    I sent him an email even though he’s not my state rep (who really are no better) voicing my displeasure at his ignorance on this issue. What an idiot he is.

    April 30, 2013
  • If he was working in the private sector and responded to any form of customer inquiry/complaint/grievance in this way – he would be fired.
    Public office should be even more accountable. This is a terrible reflection on him as a person, the district he represents, and on the Tennessee Legislature in general. His colleagues should show him the door.
    I dread to imagine how he treats his hogs. Despicable human being!

    April 30, 2013
  • Marcia

    Speaking of pathetic–when people (like Mr. Holt) can’t make a good case for their position, they resort to name calling. So he ignores the abuses discovered on factory farms and just attacks the reputations of those who reveal the abuse. Hopefully people will see his rants for what they are.

    April 30, 2013
    • Gracemarie Elliott

      I do, and wholeheartedly agree with what you are saying about this Nasty Person.

      He’s definitely NOT a GENTLEMAN.

      He’s showing just how “abusive” he is.

      Firstly he’s “Verbally abusive,” secondly he’s “Psychologically Abusive,” and thirdly “People Who Abuse Animals, Abuse People.” As a Long Standing Member of The Humane Society of the United States, I can assure you they/we are the Largest Animal Organization in the United States and in the world combined with Humane Society International—and that HSUS and HSI spends every waking minute of every day , fighting for the rights of animals and acting as “The Voice”…oops, as Their Voice.

      HSUS is a group of Highly Intelligent, Intellectual, Passionate Animal Lovers who defend animals and demand they be treated with the respect and dignity they were given when created by Our Creator.

      Any “Officer of the Law” like this, this…..reprehensible Andy what’s his name will one day pay the price for his, lack of Ethical Practices and Harmful and Blatant Animal Abuses.

      He abuses people close to him too, most likely.

      I’m sure he has “Physically Abused his Hogs”…

      God Help them.

      He is just the kind of “lame brain” that makes me never want to go back to T-E-N-N-E-S-S-E-E

      May 6, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    HE is the bigget self serving ASSH-LE, I honestly can’t beieve the nerve of a politic offical writting such a rude, loathing response, OH MY GOD, I mean it amazes me?? I wish this would be seen by EVERYONE this response needs to be broadcasted to all so ALL can see JUST what kind of individual this person is….. I hope the GOV. of Tenn sees this? unexceptable….. I just honestly can’t believe he did this……. WOW, yup and he’s representing the state of TENN. UGH…………

    April 30, 2013
  • Mark

    I am so disgusted by Mr. Holts statements. He has no business being a US State Rep. He should resign.

    April 30, 2013
  • This exchange should be sent in to The Tennessean. Let his constituents see who they really have representing them.
    I sure would be voting him out!

    April 30, 2013
  • Sue

    A few years ago, I put an offer on a home to buy in TN. Sure am glad I decided against moving there! FL is already too conservative enough for me!!!!

    April 30, 2013
    • Gracemarie Elliott

      Got That!

      If he’s a typical “Tennesseean” I don’t ever want to go back and will stop watching ABC’s “Nashville.”

      May 6, 2013
  • Marcia

    My e-mail to Mr. Holt:


    For some reason you were elected to office. While you are serving, your constituents deserve to hear better replies from you than the one you sent to Kayci McLeod.

    If you have a rational and persuasive position to take on factory farming and the abuses revealed in undercover investigations, you should present that position, difficult though it may be. Resorting to name calling (“radical,” “disgusting,” and “sensationalists”) and denigrating the investigating organizations and those who disagree with you in the manner you did is an affront to the citizens of your state. You gave no answer–your ad hominen attack merely evaded the issue of farm animal abuse and why ag-gag laws should not be passed.

    April 30, 2013
    • Gracemarie Elliott

      He most likely is not intelligent enough to understand this Educated and Enlightened e-mail.

      This is very well written and I agree with you 100%

      Thank you for so “eloquently” expressing Animal Lovers, and Horse Lovers and just views of How “Officers of the Law” are “supposed” to act and be.

      May 6, 2013
  • Marge Mullen

    Does this asshat have a facebook page? Got to leave our thoughts there as well!!

    April 30, 2013
  • Kristy Amado

    WOW! He’s too dumb to even write a complete sentence!! His first, and incomplete sentence, shows just what a nincompoop he really is! NOT to mention what an unacceptable way to respond to anyone, constituent or not. Is he also SO stupid that he doesn’t realize his words will go viral in a short time and expose him for the complete NONprofessional he is? And the really sad thing is that there are others of his ilk “representing” American citizens in many other states, and just ramrodding THEIR own personal agendas through no matter WHAT their constituents want. Unbelievable and VERY SCARY!!!

    April 30, 2013
    • Gracemarie Elliott

      Deaf, Dumb and Stupid

      May 6, 2013
  • Geri Vincent

    The people of Tennessee actually voted for this clod?
    Your chosen ‘representative’ is driving home the perception of Tennessee as backwards and ignorant.

    April 30, 2013
  • Susan Setzke

    Another prime example of the type of people involved with the Agricultural movement currently being implemented by the Farm Bureau and other agriculture-related special interest groups. They are hoping to achieve total control in protecting their corrupt and cruel practices. Mr. Holt, you definitely need to make a public apology and then resign your position but only after disclosing the people who bought you and their true intentions for creating and passing such a travesty as the AG-Gag Law!

    April 30, 2013
    • Gracemarie Elliott

      He absolutely does need to make a public apology.

      But he won’t and if he does…he will only be doing it to “keep his position.”

      May 6, 2013
  • Janet Schultz

    Why is it that these people who oppose the good treatment of animals always resort to the lowest form of communication. This guy used every degrding term available without becoming completely offensive. Mr. Holt really holds himself high to be able to judge so harshly those he does not know.

    April 30, 2013
  • Daryl

    Mr. Holt , you are not for the people and what they want, you are acting for what you want, so I guess we can vote some one else in and for get about you, it works both ways….
    We the people have given thought about you and you are not high on any thing, you are at t
    he bottom of any list that comes in to play.

    April 30, 2013
  • Nancy B

    How appalling. In so many ways and on so many levels!

    I don’t live in Tennessee so I went to the Tennessee Farm Bureau website to see for myself what they are saying regarding the Ag-Gag bill, how they could possibly rationalize it. I viewed their video which features statements by politicians who voted for the ag-gag bill. The speakers presented themselves as kind, reasonable and caring people. They expressed their concern for any abuse of animals on farms. They claim to want to deal with any abuses immediately so it can be addressed right away and not wait for months allowing the abused animal in question to suffer any further… C’mon, really?? Do they really expect people to believe that? One man states that folks just seem to want to think of horses and farm animals like cats and dogs and pets. He tells us this is not the case, they are not the same. Really? Well silly me. What was I thinking?! Ok, well then go ahead and torment and torture horses and pigs and cows and calfs and chickens and turkeys, and, and, and…

    Sometimes it’s hard for me to remember there are more of us then them. Perhaps that’s what makes organizations like the Humane Society so important for the animals, and so threatening to those who have no regard for anything other than the almighty dollar. Like my Pop would say, money makes people crazy.

    We can do a lot if we speak with our money. Everytime we make a purchase we’re telling the company who produced it “Good job. Keep it up!”

    April 30, 2013
    • Judy Wendt

      You are correct Nancy B. Boycotting the “products” made from animal suffering is the only way these corporations and their minions in state legislatures will get it. Factory farms and slaughterhouses produce a vile substance that is unhealthy to humans and the planet. We do not need to eat this way. We do not need to be their meat addicted zombies. We do not need them.

      April 30, 2013
    • Gracemarie Elliott

      “People who Abuse Animals, Abuse People”..For…the Animals

      You are so right

      May 6, 2013
  • Tracey Dunn Williamson

    Apparently it has become a prerequisite to be an idiot in order to be a lawmaker…. they have got to be some of the most stupid people I have dealt with lately… pathetic. I guess they are too busy being paid off by Big Ag to actually learn anything.

    April 30, 2013
  • What a ignorant pig……Hey Tennessee wake up and get rid of this jerk…..and all the rest that vote for this bill…

    May 1, 2013
    • Gracemarie Elliott

      Apparently, this is Tennessee. This representative is apparently “the real Tennessee”…

      Small Minded, Ignorant, Unenlightened, and incapable of seeing anything but a dollar sign and willing to do ANYTHING to make it.

      Worship of the Almighty Dollar is “frowned upon” by the Real Almighty God.

      One day he will have to answer for all of his misdeeds

      What goes around, eventually comes around.

      May 6, 2013
  • Dee Mansfield

    Just made a call spent 20 minutes with his aid they do not have a clue! I educated her and requested a call back. Told nET in the past law enforcement claims abuse was a isolated incident and abuser gets probation or fired but in fact employees are all guilty. It is bull s____!

    May 2, 2013