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Mother Jones: Inside the Bold New Animal Liberation Movement: No Masks, No Regrets, All the Risk

November 7, 2017

This story originally appeared on Mother Jones. When Julianne Perry first met the calf this summer, the animal was lying listlessly in a wooden crate on top of narrow slats, caked in her own dried diarrhea. Maggots crawled on her body. Just a few days old, she was emaciated. As she tried to get up, her […]

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Speedy Decision: Are Poultry Processors Pushing Safety Limits?

October 25, 2017

This article originally appeared on WKMS. The poultry industry is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow faster work speeds at some facilities that slaughter and package chickens. The industry says a new inspection program allows them to process hundreds of birds per minute. But, worker and food safety advocates worry about higher speed […]

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The Epoch Times: Chinese Chickens Now on US Dinner Tables

October 24, 2017

China has sold rat meat billed as lamb, gutter oil billed as cooking oil and baby formula contaminated with melamine. In the U.S. its pet food killed many dogs and cats in 2007. But this spring the U.S. agreed to import cooked chickens from China. Why? Because China agreed to accept U.S. beef imports after a 13-year […]

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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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