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TV ads urge governor veto animal abuse bill

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Humane Society of the United States is airing television commercials that urge Gov. Bill Haslam to veto an animal abuse bill.

Society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle called the legislative bill an attempt to prevent animal welfare groups and the media from exposing illegal cruelty against animals.

The measure would require anyone recording or taking photos of livestock abuse to turn images over to law enforcement within 48 hours.

The City Paper in Nashville reported Pacelle called the society's undercover video recording in horse trainer Jackie McConnell's stable a model case in bringing abuse to light. A federal case last year against McConnell of Collierville brought him a three-year probationary sentence and a $75,000 fine.

Haslam said last week he would look into the details of the bill.
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