Whistle-blowing chicken farmer sues Perdue for retaliation

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Late last year, Craig Watts blew the whistle on his bosses in the poultry business. Now he’s suing them.

The 48 year-old North Carolina chicken farmer filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing Perdue Farms of intimidation after he publicized animal welfare concerns.

The story started last year when Watts, with the help of an animal-rights organization, released a video that showed what it really looks like inside the barns where he raises chicken for Perdue, the third largest poultry producer in the U.S. Watts illustrated just how meaningless long-used terms like “humanely raised,” “organic,” and “cage free” really are.

The video has been seen over 1.5 million times. Since then, Watts says he’s suffered ongoing reprisal from Perdue – the company he grows chickens for. He’s been put on a “performance improvement plan,” which means he’s being constantly monitored. In the two months since Watts went public he says he received 23 visits from company…

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