Carrie Underwood is more than just a singer, and she’s letting her state representative know it.
Last Thursday, the 30-year-old country star -- who’s been an outspoken advocate for animal rights -- tweeted to her nearly 1.5 million followers about Tennessee’s "Ag Gag" bill that passed, voicing her disapproval for the controversial measure.
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?
â€” Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) April 18, 2013
The bill would require people to submit recordings of animal abuse to law enforcement within 48 hours. This requirement has animal-rights activists saying that the short deadline compromises farming cruelty investigations in addition to food and labor issues, and First Amendment rights.
When State Representative Andy Holt, who supports the bill, heard of Underwood’s tweet, he told local news outlets: “I would say that Carrie Underwood will stick to singing, I’ll stick to lawmaking.”
And Underwood would have none of this from Holt.
â€” Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) April 20, 2013
Other states that have implemented similar bills include Kansas, Montana, North Dakota and Iowa, which passed a bill last year.
California, the country’s largest agricultural state, recently withdrew its own bill, amid large opposition.