Ellen DeGeneres and Wayne Pacelle, the president and chief executive officer of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), recently united in taking a stand against Ag Gag bills.
On her show, Ellen and Pacelle discussed how lawmakers are trying to stop animal activists and undercover investigators from documenting animal abuse.
“I’ve been really concerned. I’m seeing more and more states considering what are called Ag Gag or anti-whistleblower bills. And we have undercover investigators who go find terrible things at factory farms, or at puppy mills or at horse stables where people are injuring the horses,” Pacelle said. “They’re trying to make it a crime for us to take pictures or video of animals in these settings, because so many of our investigations have yielded incredible results.”
Pacelle asks people to visit Ellen’s official website to help the HSUS and to reach out to Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee to ask him to veto his Ag Bag bill, in addition to other states that are following in similar footsteps.
This announcement made singer Carrie Underwood extremely happy. For the past week or so, the “American Idol” winner has been tweeting against Tennessee’s Ag Gag bill.
Most recently she tweeted and thanked Ellen for her announcement, “@TheEllenShow: You have always been such an angel when it comes to animal compassion! Thank you for speaking out! Just when I thought I couldn’t adore and respect you more…”
Pacelle said, “Every animal deserves humane treatment. They deserve mercy and kindness from us. Criminalizing people who are trying to help animals and stop cruelty is so deeply wrong.”
In addition to the fight against these bills, Ellen declared if 25,000 people shared the video below on Facebook, she will donate $25,000 to the HSUS. Guess what, she’s going to be donating that money. The video has already been shared over 48,000 times. No surprise there!
Pacelle considers DeGeneres “the leading animal welfare celebrity personality in the world,” so hopefully together these two, and those that lend a helping hand, can put a stop to animal abuse.