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Powerful Documentary Blows Whistle on Chicken Industry

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Fusion TV just released an in-depth investigative documentary exposing the underbelly of the chicken industry – from the abuse and neglect forced upon animals to the unfair conditions endured by contractors to marketing claims that are misleading consumers.

The documentary is based on Craig Watts, a North Carolina contract farmer who has raised chickens for Perdue since the early 1990’s, even earning recognition as a top producer. But after 20-plus years working for this company, he became so fed up with the problems he has witnessed and experienced first-hand that late last year, he broke his silence — exposing to the world the cruel and very dark secrets of the chicken industry.

With the support of Compassion in World Farming, he’s allowed camera crews inside his sheds to document the miseries forced upon animals. He has spoken with media about the unfair conditions for contract farmers who are kept in near-poverty. And he’s talked about the marketing on Perdue products which he says imply a level of care that “couldn’t get any further from the truth.”

Craig is a whistleblower in its truest form – and he’s not ready to put down that whistle anytime soon.

In fact, since Watts has spoken out, he claims he has suffered from retaliation from Perdue – with the legal representation of the Government Accountability Project, he filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor.

To capture all of this on film, Fusion explains: “We followed Craig as he wrestled with becoming a whistleblower, showed us the conditions on farms, got nationwide attention for stepping forward—and then saw how the chicken industry reacted. Here is his story.”

Fusion’s full 8-part documentary, “Cock Fight: Meet the farmer blowing the whistle on Big Chicken” is available online. You can start viewing the first chapter below.

This incredibly powerful and shocking story not only sheds light on the hidden cruelties of animal agribusiness, it also offers a reminder that the most effective step we can take to protect animals is to simply leave them off our plates. Start today:

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