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RALEIGH, N.C. — A new video obtained exclusively by WTVD  purports to show animal cruelty at a Robeson County poultry farm. The video perfectly shows what could be lost if a new bill in the North Carolina legislature becomes law.

“We’re seeing workers who are punching birds and throwing birds around,” said Erica Meier with the animal rights group Compassion Over Killing. “There are sick and injured birds who are pulled out of the slaughter line and dumped onto a dead pile that includes not only dead birds but dying birds and they’re just treated like trash.”

Meier’s group hired an undercover investigator to get a job at Mountaire Farms and take video showing abuses there. And it’s exactly that scenario that the new bill targets: video or pictures taken by someone who gets a job specifically to showcase wrongdoing.

“It aims to stop whistleblowing exposes,” Meier said. “It aims to stop undercover investigations that are unearthing these violent acts of abuse against animals behind the closed doors of animal agribusiness.”

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