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FIC in the News

Santa Fe Public Radio: Animal Talk

May 27, 2016

FIC’s Amanda Hitt appeared on the Santa Fe podcast Animal Talk to discuss the impact of high-speed pork inspection on the welfare of animals, consumers, and workers alike.

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News & Observer: Animal welfare, whistleblower groups sue over N.C. workplace bill

January 13, 2016

By Craig Jarvis A coalition of national interest groups sued in federal court in North Carolina on Wednesday to strike down a new law meant to stop people from taking jobs in order to expose workplace conditions. The law, which took effect on Jan. 1, was the result of unsuccessful efforts to pass an “ag-gag” […]

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Washington Post: “That one was definitely alive”: An undercover video at one of the nation’s biggest pork processors

November 11, 2015

By Roberto A. Ferdman The pigs are not all right. An undercover video taken at one of the nation’s largest pork producers shows pigs being dragged across the floor, beaten with paddles, and sick to the point of immobility. By law, pigs are supposed to be rendered unconscious before being killed, but many are shown […]

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Al Jazeera America: The Factory Farmer Who Blew the Whistle on Perdue

May 20, 2015

FIC client and contract farmer whistleblower Craig Watts is featured in this segment on his legal battle with poultry giant Perdue.

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Chickens

May 17, 2015

FIC client and whistleblower Craig Watts is featured in this segment on the plight of contract poultry farmers.

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PBS Food: Dirty Birds – A Story of Chickens in America

March 5, 2015

FIC client Craig Watts shares his story as a Perdue contract farmer and whistleblower in this segment of PBS Food’s “Original Fare.”

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Mother Jones: USDA Whistleblowers Tell All–and You May Never Eat Bacon Again

February 27, 2015

By TOM PHILPOTT In 2004, Elsa Murano stepped down from her post as chief of the US Department of Agriculture division that oversees food safety at the nation’s slaughterhouses. Two years later, she joined the board of directors of pork giant Hormel, a company that runs some of the nation’s largest slaughterhouses. Murano received $238,000 in compensation […]

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Fusion: Cock Fight – Meet the Farmer Blowing the Whistle on Big Chicken

February 25, 2015

Craig Watts is about as farmer as they come. He chews tobacco, he’s gruff, he wears overalls, and he loves Willie Nelson. He’s not what you think of when you think of whistleblowers like Deep Throat or Edward Snowden. But six months ago he embarked on a journey to expose what he calls hidden injustices […]

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Salon: Chicken farmer who spoke out against factory farm abuses files for federal whistleblower protection

February 19, 2015

By LINDSAY ABRAMS The chicken farmer who took the brave and unusual step of speaking out against poultry giant Perdue Farms is filing for federal whistleblower protection for the retaliation he says he experienced for coming forward. Craig Watts, of North Carolina, had been raising chickens for Perdue, the country’s third-largest poultry producer, since 1992. […]

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WIRED: A Factory Farmer Strikes Back at the Company He Farms For

February 19, 2015

By MARYN MCKENNA Back in December I wrote about a chicken farmer who took the extraordinary step of inviting animal-welfare activists into his barns to document the conditions under which his contract compels him to raise his birds. The farmer, Craig Watts of North Carolina, has raised chicken for Perdue Farms for two decades and […]

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