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GAP Whistleblower Delivers 60,000+ Petition Signatures to Capitol Hill in Support of Contract Poultry Farmers

Food Integrity Campaign | June 16, 2016

(Washington, DC) – Government Accountability Project (GAP) client and contract chicken farmer Eric Hedrick delivered more than 60,000 petition signatures to Capitol Hill yesterday as part of an effort to shed light on the poultry industry’s abusive practices. The largest single-owner producer in West Virginia, Eric has been a contract grower for Pilgrim’s Pride (the […]

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Protect Farmers Keeping Big Chicken Accountable

Amanda Hitt | June 3, 2016

The truth is trending in the poultry industry. More and more brave farmers are speaking out and seeking assistance from GAP’s Food Integrity Campaign to expose Big Chicken’s greedy practices. Eric Hedrick, a West Virginia poultry farmer contracted with Pilgrim’s Pride, sought our help after going public with concerns about diseased birds that look like […]

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U.S. House Passes Anti-Farmer Amendment to 2017 Budget

Food Integrity Campaign | April 28, 2016

This blog was cross-posted from the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) blog. By Sally Lee For the sixth time, members of Congress in the Ag Appropriations Committee have blocked implementation of regulations to protect farmers through a backdoor measure. But this time, their infamous “GIPSA rider” barely passed in this House committee, as several long-time […]

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What Does “Antibiotic-Free” Really Mean? Insight from a Contract Chicken Farmer

Sarah Damian | October 13, 2015

There’s a lot of confusion around antibiotic-free labeling, promises by Big Ag, and what decisions (or lack thereof) the majority of U.S. farmers can make when it comes to their chicken’s health. To clear things up, the Food Integrity Campaign asked contract farmer-turned-whistleblower Craig Watts some key questions. Craig has been raising chickens for Perdue […]

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70,000 Petitioners Demand Protections for Truth-telling Contract Poultry Farmers

Food Integrity Campaign | August 3, 2015

(WASHINGTON) – Perdue contract farmer Rudy Howell has collected more than 70,000 petition signatures urging Congress to ensure protections for poultry farmers who face reprisal for speaking out. The Food Integrity Campaign (FIC, a program of the Government Accountability Project) is backing Howell’s petition, which stems from industry-wide reports of retaliation against contract farmers who […]

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Another Contract Farmer Speaks Out Against Big Chicken

Sarah Damian | July 27, 2015

In an atmosphere of intimidation and fear of retaliation, it takes a lot to speak out against powerful chicken corporations. But Perdue contract farmer Rudy Howell is taking a chance and bravely speaking about the lies that Perdue told him and about the harsh reality that chicken farmers face just trying to make ends meet. […]

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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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Blowing the Whistle on Big Chicken: The Inside Story (VIDEO)

Sarah Damian | February 27, 2015

Fusion Network recently aired an illuminating one-hour investigative segment on our client, Craig Watts, and his experience blowing the whistle on top poultry producer Perdue. What started out as a story about Perdue’s deceptive labeling and animal welfare concerns became much more. Craig’s story unveils the struggles that many contract farmers like him face and […]

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