Tennessee animal abuse reporting bill hits Senate snag

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An effort to require whistleblowers to quickly submit damning evidence of animal abuse to law enforcement has hit a snag in the state Senate over questions about the true intentions of the bill.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Dolores Gresham of Somerville and fellow Republican Rep. Andy Holt of Dresden would require anyone recording images of animal abuse submit unedited footage or photos to law enforcement within 48 hours.

Gresham denies claims from animal protection activists like the Humane Society of the United States that the bill would prevent undercover operations from establishing ongoing patterns of abuse.

But Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris questions whether the bill has more to do with penalizing the taping of abuse than preventing the practice.

A Senate vote has been delayed until Wednesday.


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