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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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Smoothing the Path for USDA Whistleblowers: Dean Wyatt’s Story and the Evolution of Federal Protections

Sarah Nash | November 10, 2015

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the passing of Dr. Dean Wyatt, a former Government Accountability Project (GAP) client who blew the whistle on violations of humane handling and food safety regulations in Oklahoma and Vermont slaughter plants. His story is an important one to tell because it illustrates the trap that federal whistleblowers […]

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

Food Integrity Campaign | 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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USDA Investigators Need a Higher Standard Than What Big Ag Considers “Normal”

Roxanne Darrow | October 7, 2015

What the agricultural industry considers “normal” production practice is very different from what consumers think of as food produced with integrity. Whistleblowers, including former U.S. Meat and Animal Research Center (MARC) scientist Dr. James Keen, have exposed for decades that what is common practice in industry should not always be our standard for comparison. Someone […]

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Idaho’s Anti-Whistleblower Ag Gag Law Ruled Unconstitutional

Amanda Hitt | August 4, 2015

This piece was originally published in the Huffington Post. An Idaho court found that agricultural whistleblowing is not a crime. Consumers who want to know the truth about the food system won a big victory this week against the culture of silence thanks to U.S. Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill, who struck down Idaho’s anti-whistleblower […]

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Victory for Whistleblowers! North Carolina Governor Vetoes Ag Gag Bill

Food Integrity Campaign | May 29, 2015

What a win for transparency! Today, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory vetoed the state’s anti-whistleblower Ag Gag bill. This is a significant move in support of agriculture whistleblowers who, under the measure, would be criminalized for exposing wrongdoing at factory farms. In a statement, Gov. McCrory explained his concerns with the bill: “I believe it […]

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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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Tell North Carolina Governor to Veto Ag Gag Bill

Food Integrity Campaign | May 19, 2015

Despite a recent poll showing that 74 percent of North Carolina voters oppose anti-whistleblower Ag Gag bills, the state House and Senate have each passed a measure that would criminalize whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing at factory farms. Now the bill goes to Governor Pat McCrory, who we are urging to veto this legislation. Two previous […]

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Hearing Tomorrow on Idaho’s Anti-Whistleblower Ag Gag Law

Food Integrity Campaign | April 27, 2015

The drawn-out fight against Idaho’s anti-whistleblower Ag Gag law resumes tomorrow afternoon with a hearing at the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho in Boise. The basic question at hand is whether the statute – which criminalizes would-be whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing on farms via undercover video – is constitutional. The coalition of […]

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Ag Gag Bills Dying Off in Early 2015

Food Integrity Campaign | April 7, 2015

Ag Gag laws that aim to criminalize truth-tellers at factory farms have been introduced in various states, but opposition is strong. The Food Integrity Campaign is happy to share some good news: measures in Arkansas and Kentucky have both failed, and New Mexico’s legislature allowed its Ag Gag bill to languish, leaving it “almost certainly […]

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