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Private Investigator Speaks Out Against Proposed 'Ag-Gag' Bill

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by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Nashville private investigator is questioning the motive behind proposed Tennessee legislation on animal cruelty and abuse.

Mitch Davis has spent many hours investigating animal abuse, while being undercover. He was behind the lens during an investigation that exposed animal abuse in Sumner County in 2007.

"It took over four months to collect that video and assemble that case," Davis said.

The investigator is confused by the fact the so-called "ag bill" has made it so far in the Tennessee House and Senate.

"I am absolutely shocked and in total disbelief. I cannot believe this law actually went through. You know, what were they thinking when they voted," Davis said.

HB 1191 would require anyone who records abuse to livestock to report that abuse and turnover those recordings over to law enforcement within 48 hours.

Davis feels the proposed law will do more to promote abuse, rather than deter it.

"I believe the way the law was written, and the way it was presented, is to do nothing but to shelter those that are involved in committing outrageous animal abuse at all levels, and in all forms and factions," according to Davis. "It does nothing but let people know, hey circle the wagons, the troops are coming. You have some time to do some damage control, but you need to do it fast."

The bill's sponsor, Republican State Representative Andy Holt of Dresden, said his bill will shed light on abuse, rather than keeping under wraps for months at a time.

"I don't think an animal that's in an abusive situation should have to wait for four, five, six months before that abuse comes to the attention of law enforcement," said Representative Holt.

The bill has moved out of the House and Senate and now awaits Governor Bill Haslam's signature or veto.

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