Underwood Is ‘Out in Left Field’
Tennessee State Representative Andy Holt has said he's on the same side as country star Carrie Underwood, but he has stated that he will not back down from his earlier heated comments, which advised the 'Blown Away' singer to stick with singing instead of lawmaking. Underwood expressed her disapproval of the Livestock Cruelty Prevention Act, known as the Ag-Gag Bill.
“Carrie Underwood is a self-proclaimed vegan vegetarian,” Holt told the Weakley County Press. “She has had entanglements with the Humane Society of the United States for years. She’s proven herself to be absolutely out in left field as it relates to a lot of these animal cruelty convictions, and for that reason, I guess in my mind she has marginalized herself."
He continues in his criticism, saying, “I think she has proven herself to be not somebody who is interested in the principle law-making decisions. She’s interested in brokering the emotion associated with animal abuse, and it is a very emotional topic for a lot of individuals.”
The lawmaker said he challenged Underwood through Twitter, asking if she had read the entire bill, but she didn't respond. He explains, "I presume that she either has not read the bill or maybe she has read the bill but still will not see what is clearly written in black and white: that the ultimate goal of this legislation is to end livestock abuse as quickly as possible.”
Holt, who called the Humane Society of the United States “a radical animal activist group that is basically like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) with a suit on, (according to NWTNToday.com)” has said that his stance on this controversial issue has made lots of people very upset, and he's even received death threats. “I’ve had everything from death threats in the last couple weeks to just awful, terrible emails and phone calls that my secretary in Nashville has had to endure,” he states.
A just-released email exchange with the HSUS isn't likely to get Holt any new animal activists fans. The Tennessean published the exchange, in which Holt -- a hog farmer -- compares the organization to human traffickers and calls their fund raising method "tape and rape." Underwood included a link to the article on her Twitter page.
The singer has been deeply involved with supporting animal rights groups such as Peta and the Humane Society of the United States, and has been vocal about her choice to become a vegetarian after seeing her parents castrate calves.