Ellen DeGeneres sat down with the president of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Wayne Pacelle, about the Ag Gag Bill.
The Ag Gag Bill involves legislation trying to stop animal activist and undercover investigators from recording animal abuse.
DeGeneres and Pacelle are asking Governor Bill Haslem of Tennessee to veto the Ag Gag Bill in his state, and hope to deter other states from following Tennessee’s example.
Pacelle said during the interview, “I’ve been really concerned. I’m seeing more and more states considering what are called Ag Gag or anti-whistleblower bills. And we have undercover investigators who go find terrible things at factory farms, or at puppy mills or at horse stables where people are injuring the horses.”
Pacelle told DeGeneres that he contacted her believing she would support an anti-cruelty to animals initiative based on her work in the past. He hopes that with her help, they can make a change.
“They’re trying to make it a crime for us to take pictures or video of animals in these settings,” Pacelle explains, “because so many of our investigations have yielded incredible results.”
DeGeneres told her audience that if the video gets 25,000 likes she would donate $25,000 to HSUS.
So far, the video has been shared over 45,000 times.