Celebrities join opposition to animal abuse bill

Celebrities are joining the opposition to an animal abuse bill in Tennessee that is waiting for the governor

FILE - In this April 22, 2010 image from video provided by the United States Humane Society, a Hallmark Meat Packing slaughter plant worker is shown attempting to force a "downed" cow onto its feet by ramming it with the blades of a forklift in Chino, Calif. State legislators across the country are introducing laws making it harder for animal welfare advocates to investigate cruelty and food safety cases. Bills pending in California, Nebraska and Tennessee require that anyone collecting evidence of abuse turn it over to law enforcement within 24 to 48 hours - which advocates say does not allow enough time to document illegal activity under federal humane handling and food safety laws. Critics say the bills are an effort to deny consumers the ability to know how their food is produced. (AP Photo/Humane Society of the United States, file)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Celebrities are joining the opposition to an animal abuse bill in Tennessee that is waiting for the governor's signature.

Nashville singer Emmylou Harris penned a letter to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Friday asking him to veto the bill that would require anyone recording or taking photos of livestock abuse to turn images over to law enforcement within 48 hours.

Ellen DeGeneres also posted a video on her website on Wednesday of an interview with Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, which has launched TV ads about the bill.

Harris wrote that the bill would "paralyze the efforts of those concerned about the treatment of animals to collect evidence of a pattern of routine cruelty."


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