Tennessee State Rep. Andy Holt (R) recently accused the Humane Society of "tape and rape" because farmers abusing their livestock have been secretly recorded.
According to The Tennessean, Rep. Holt's new "bill would ban long-term investigations of animal cruelty by requiring investigators to turn videos over to police within days."
However, the Human Society says that the bill is a backdoor way to criminalize animal activists who secretly document abuse over weeks or months in order to show a pattern of abuse of the animals by farmers or factory farms.
Rep. Holt recently unleashed his angry criticism after Kayci McLeod of the Human Society had asked him to oppose legislation that Rep. Holt himself wrote.
Oddly, Rep. Holt compared the Humane Society exposing the abuse of animals to sex traffickers forcing a 17 year old into sexual slavery.
In response to the Humane Society, Rep. Holt wrote in an email: “I am extremely pleased that we were able to pass HB 1191 today to help protect livestock in Tennessee from suffering months of needless investigation that propagandist groups of radical animal activists, like your fraudulent and reprehensibly disgusting organization of maligned animal abuse profiteering corporatists, who are intent on using animals the same way human-traffickers use 17 year old women."
“You work for a pathetic excuse for an organization and a pathetic group of sensationalists who seek to profit from animal abuse. I am glad, as an aside, that we have limited your preferred fund-raising methods here in the state of Tennessee; a method that I refer to as ‘tape and rape.’ Best wishes for the failure of your organization and it’s true intent,” wrote Rep. Holt.
In addition to attacking the Humane Socitey, Rep. Holt went after country singer Carrie Underwood after she opposed his bill, reports MSN.com.
Underwood tweeted a few days ago: "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?"
Rep. Holt tweeted back: “I would say that if Carrie Underwood will stick to singing, I’ll stick to lawmaking."
To which Underwood defended her First Amendment rights: "I should stick to singing? Wow . . . sorry, I'm just a tax paying citizen concerned for the safety of my family."