Country singer Carrie Underwood continues fight against Tennessee's Ag Gag bill
by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Carrie Underwood is letting the nation hear her stance on Tennessee’s recent Ag Gag bill, and it doesn’t look like she’s backing down any time soon.

This past Friday, we reported Underwood posted an angry tweet to Tennessee’s governor, Bill Haslam, saying, “Shame on TN lawmakers for passing the Ag Gag bill. If Gov. Bill Haslam signs this, he needs to expect me at his front door. Who’s with me?”

Ever since, she has made headlines and received some backlash for her comments.

According to a local Nashville news station, State Rep. Andy Holt (R) lashed out at Underwood’s comments and said, “I would say that Carrie Underwood will stick to singing, I’ll stick to lawmaking.”

Just like the Ag Gag bill, which could potentially criminalize those conducting undercover investigations of animal abuse, Holt’s remarks didn’t sit well with the country singer. Underwood tweeted, “I should stick to singing? Wow…sorry, I’m just a tax paying citizen concerned for the safety of my family. #NoAgGag”

This is a serious issue, and something Underwood doesn’t take lightly. She is an animal activist and will not sit back while lawmakers refuse to take a stand for animals.

Through her twitter account, she continues to plead with Haslam to rethink the bill, “@BillHaslam Please don’t sign the Ag Gag bill. Think about the welfare of the animals as well as the consumers. I’m begging you.” She continued, “It’s not all about big business. Please look out for the little guys! Show TN that you have a heart… #NoAgGag”

Hopefully Underwood’s unyielding initiatives won’t go unnoticed.

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Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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  • ricky.smithson

    I do not think Holt is worried about Carrie’s 1.5 million twitter fans as that is why he is calling her out … Carrie could do only 1 concert in Nashville and it was only 2/3 full … It is not like she is Taylor Swift that has 3 sold out shows in Nashville and 26.5 million twitter fans … Gee … Get real Carrie!!!!!!

    • nelson.mickson

      This is just to make news for Carrie > Where was Carrie before the vote? > She should have said something before they voted > Saying something after the vote is just stupid > That is why we live in the USA so you can vote. Carrie is just trying to grab a headline since her new song ( see you again ) is a flop at #86 country on ITunes. :)~

      • Lisa Jones

        Why did Carrie not say anything before the vote? This sounds like Carrie wants news about herself and not animal abuse. If I felt that animals should not be abused I would have spoke up before they voted. Where were you then Carrie?

    • MisterCadet

      I hope Governor Haslam is not worried by the Humane Society of the United States’s “11 million members,” especially since the organization has well under one million current, dues-paying members. That’s from their IRS 990’s. Legislators who are intimidated by HSUS pressure tactics tend to lose their elections. Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland comes to mind, but there are many, many more.

      I like Carrie Underwood and am neutral on the legislation. HSUS makes me gag.

  • Candice McMillan

    good for her! nothing more challenging for old men than a woman who won’t shut up when you tell her to