FARMER ALLEGES PERDUE TERMINATED CONTRACT AFTER HE EXPOSED ‘SICKLY CHICKS,’ FILTHY PRODUCTION | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

FARMER ALLEGES PERDUE TERMINATED CONTRACT AFTER HE EXPOSED ‘SICKLY CHICKS,’ FILTHY PRODUCTION

An agribusiness whistleblower alleges he was terminated in August 2020 from his contract with Perdue after he revealed animal abuse and poor sanitation to the media and public.

Perdue accused Rudy Howell, a North Carolina resident who had a 25 year-plus relationship with the poultry producer, of breaching his contract when he toured groups of visitors inside of his poultry houses. The corporation claimed it was a violation of their “poultry welfare” and “bio-security programs” as well as COVID-19 safety protocols.

But as a whistleblower complaint [PDF] filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Labor Department outlines, Perdue never issued “specific COVID-19 protocols for poultry farmers like Howell.”

On July 8, 2020, Howell invited “four public health advocates”—Crystal Coast Waterkeeper Larry Baldwin, Lumber Riverkeeper Jefferson Currie II, Cape Fear Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette, and Kelly Guerin, a videographer for We Animals Media (WAM)—to tour.

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