Danny Cajija Miranda, 22, was caught on video abusing chickens at Deese Farms. Mercy For Animals, a Los Angeles-based animal welfare group, took the undercover video which was released in December. In a statement, Perdue thanked Mercy for Animals, “for uncovering clear animal abuse by an individual on a farm raising our chickens, and we appreciate law enforcement’s prompt action against the perpetrator.”
On Jan. 1, a property protection law went into effect that criminalizes undercover video investigations in North Carolina. Lawmakers passed the so-called “ag-gag” law after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed the bill in June 2015.