Just last year, a Compassion Over Killing investigation at a Pilgrim's Pride farm in North Carolina showed live chickens being dumped into mass graves and left to starve or suffocate.
Also in 2014, a Mercy for Animals investigation into a North Carolina Butterball hatchery showed workers grinding up newborn turkeys alive and refusing treatment for injured birds.
Whistleblowers would be fined $5,000 per day of violations, on top of possible damages to the company and its legal fees. If investigators take on big corporations, the total sum could skyrocket. The bill also holds anyone who assists violators equally liable, meaning entire welfare groups could be taken to court.