Texas – Urge House Agriculture & Livestock Committee Members to Reject Ag-Gag bill
THIS ACTION IS CLOSED.
THIS ACTION IS CLOSED.
If your state representative sits on the Texas House Agriculture & Livestock Committee, we need your voice! Please call (preferred) or email your representative and ask them to oppose SB 1884 – a dangerous bill aimed at stopping whistleblowers from exposing animal cruelty. This bill has already passed the Texas Senate – your voice is urgently needed to prevent it from becoming law.
SB 1884 criminalizes undercover investigations at animal agriculture facilities like puppy mills, factory farms, and slaughterhouses. Ag-Gag bills like SB 1884 are designed to prevent the public from learning about animal cruelty. Undercover investigations have revealed severe animal abuse on factory farms—animals beaten, maimed, and mutilated. Our ability to investigate, document, and publicize corporate agriculture’s abuses is critical to well-being of animals and our own health and safety.
SB 1884 is an assault on our First Amendment rights. The bill’s sponsor claims that this bill is about biosecurity – it’s not. Several effective state and federal laws already protect agriculture companies from biosecurity threats. SB 1884’s result would be to suppress free speech.
If you live in Texas, here’s how you can help:
- Find your state representative.
- If your representative sits on the committee (list of committee members and their contact information below), call your representative with this brief message: “Hi my name is ____, and I am a constituent of (representative’s name). I’m calling to ask the representative to oppose SB 1884. Multiple state and federal laws already protect agriculture companies from biosecurity threats. SB 1884 would suppress free speech.”
- Not up for calling? Send your representative an email with a similar message.
Members of the Texas House Agriculture & Livestock Committee
Rep. Drew Springer, Chair
Email: Drew.Springer@house.texas.gov | Phone: (512) 463-0526
District: 68 – Childress, Collingsworth, Cooke, Cottle, Crosby, Dickens, Fisher, Floyd, Garza, Hall, Hardeman, Haskell, Jack, Kent, King, Montague, Motley, Stonewall, Throckmorton, Wheeler, Wilbarger, Young
Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson, Vice Chair
Email: Charles.Anderson@house.texas.gov | Phone: (512) 463-0135
District: 56 – McLennan
Rep. Michelle Beckley
Email: Michelle.Beckley@house.texas.gov | Phone: (512) 463-0478
District: 65 – Denton
Rep. Brad Buckley
Email: Brad.Buckley@house.texas.gov | Phone: (512) 463-0684
District: 54 – Bell, Lampasas
Rep. DeWayne Burns
Email: Dewayne.Burns@house.texas.gov | Phone: (512) 463-0538
District: 58 – Bosque, Johnson
Rep. Art Fierro
Email: Art.Fierro@house.texas.gov | Phone: (512) 463-0596
District: 79 – El Paso
Rep. Thresa “Terry” Meza
Email: Terry.Meza@house.texas.gov | Phone: (512) 463-0641
District: 105 – Dallas
Rep. Richard Pena Raymond
Email: Richard.Raymond@house.texas.gov | Phone: (512) 463-0558
District: 42 – Webb
Rep. Erin Zwiener
Email: Erin.Zwiener@house.texas.gov | Phone: (512) 463-0647
District: 45 – Blanco, Hays
Thank you for speaking up for the millions of animals who suffer behind closed doors on factory farms, puppy mills, and slaughterhouses!
THIS ACTION IS FOR TEXAS RESIDENTS ONLY.
A dangerous bill, SB 1884, aimed at stopping whistleblowers from exposing animal cruelty is moving quickly through the Texas legislature. This bill has already passed the Texas Senate – your voice is urgently needed to prevent it from becoming law.
Earlier this year, a court ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to release previously redacted information relating to hen living conditions on several factory egg farms. Our request sought inspection reports of factory egg farms in Texas.May 8, 2019 News
Today, a coalition of public interest groups, led by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Iowa’s new Ag-Gag law — a law that is substantively similar to an Iowa law struck down by the same federal court.April 22, 2019 Press Release