"North Carolina's chicken industry is desperate to cover up its rampant animal abuse, which is why it's so feverishly working to enact this law," Erica Meier, executive director of COK, said in a statement. "Rather than doing the right thing to stop these abuses from happening, the North Carolina chicken industry is simply trying to prevent the public from seeing it and punishing anyone who would expose it."
HB 405 was passed by the House last month, and its counterpart, SB 433, is currently before the Senate.
"If the pending ag-gag bill .... - supported by the North Carolina poultry industry - becomes law, this video may be the last honest look the public will get behind the closed doors of factory farms or slaughterhouses in the state," COK said in a release.
And unfortunately, abuse like this is all too common. Just last year, a COK 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 last year, a Mercy for Animals investigation into a North Carolina Butterball hatchery showed workers grinding up newborn turkeys alive and refusing treatment for injured birds.
COK is asking viewers to sign a petition asking North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to preserve transparency in farming and veto the bill if it reaches his desk. North Carolina residents can also contact their local state senators and ask them to vote against SB 433. You can find your representatives' contact information here.