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Chicken abuse uncovered at North Carolina farm

  • Several states push for ag-gag laws
  • Undercover animal abuse videos would be criminalized

Undercover investigations that expose horrifying abuse on factory farms could soon be outlawed.  That means that investigations like the one a group called Compassion Over Killing recently conducted at Prince Poultry in North Carolina would be illegal.  The undercover investigator who went inside prince poultry found examples of horrifying cruelty.  She even saw chickens being buried alive. 

Compassion Over Killing filed a complaint with law enforcement and the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation started an inquiry in to the farm's practices.  Prince Poultry provides exclusively to chicken producer Pilgrim's Pride, the second largest chicken producer in the world.  Their products show up in stores and restaurants across America.  In a statement, Pilgrim's Pride told CNN:

"Out of an abundance of caution, we have re-trained the grower in question and his employees...Pilgrim's prioritizes the welfare of our chickens, whether under our direct care or under the care of our contract growers."

Jane speaks to CNN correspondent Chris Frates, who broke the Prince Poutry cruelty story nationally, about how ag-gag laws could affect similar undercover investigations.

For more on this story, watch Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on HLN. Follow the show on Facebook, and follow Jane on Twitter.


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