TN Farm Bureau Fights Meaningful Cruelty Laws

March 19, 2010

Last year, a crazed husband took revenge on his wife by dragging her horse behind his pickup truck. He then finished the attack by stabbing the mangled, dying animal with a pitchfork.

Under current Tennessee law, that savagery drew only a misdemeanor charge—which the local DA refused to prosecute since it was legally a minor offense. In response, the state’s animal advocates are pushing an initiative to make acts like this a felony.

Well, guess what? The Tennessee Farm Bureau is leading the charge to leave the state’s current animal cruelty laws unchanged. Not only will the state’s Farm Bureau sink to any depth to let animal cruelty go unpunished, it looks like they’ve got sufficient pull with lawmakers that they’ll prevail. (Thanks, Paul.) Link.

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