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VOL. 37 | NO. 18 | Friday, May 3, 2013
Faith group joins opposition to 'ag gag' bill
NASHVILLE (AP) — Members of the faith community are expressing their opposition to a bill that would make it a crime to video record animal abuse if it isn't turned over to law enforcement authorities within 48 hours.
The director of Clergy for Justice and another minister delivered a letter to Gov. Bill Haslam this week asking him to veto the bill, which is drawing opposition from other groups and even some celebrities.
Clergy for Justice Director Kathy Chambers says more than 300 ministers and people of faith have said they're against the proposal, dubbed the "ag gag" bill.
Critics say the bill would put an end to extended undercover operations targeting animal abuse.
The governor's office has yet to receive the bill from the General Assembly. Once it arrives, Haslam has 10 days to veto it or let it become law.