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Perdue used powerful lobbyists and funds to prevent regulation of chicken manure flowing to the Chesapeake Bay. This polluation has been killing the Bay, creating dead zones. Perdue is also infamous for controlling how farmers raise their chickens, mandating inhumane treatment of animals.<http://video.pbs.org/video/1114515379/><http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/10/poultry-pollution-lawsuit-perdue-chesapeake-bay/><http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/cafos/>.
Like his father, Frank, Jim Perdue grew up in the family business, but didn't decide to make it his business right away. He wanted to pursue his dream of becoming a marine biologist, and went on to earn his Ph.D. in fisheries. But in 1983, he accepted his dad's invitation to return to the family business, joining the company as an entry-level management trainee. After working many different management jobs in just about every area of the company, and earning his master's degree in business along the way, Jim became chairman in 1991 and also took over as advertising spokesperson, appearing in humorous TV commercials. He enjoys vacationing in Bethany Beach, DE.