In the face of so many challenges, we’re striving to build a stronger movement.

Compassion Over Killing (COK) is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) animal advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. Working to end animal abuse since 1995, COK exposes cruelty to farmed animals and promotes vegan eating.

Our mission is to build a kinder world for all animals.

Watch our Year in Review: In 2018, our groundbreaking investigations revealed truth to consumers and sparked change, our innovative legal advocacy brought justice for animals, and we inspired thousands to make compassionate choices. Standing united, we are changing the world for animals!

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Truth

Undercover Investigations – Our brave investigators are shining a bright light on the hidden horrors forced upon billions of farmed animals. Approximately 21% of your donation goes directly toward supporting our ongoing investigative initiatives.

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Justice

Legal Advocacy – Our proactive legal team is strategically challenging the status quo of animal agribusiness, from animal cruelty to misleading marketing and unfair business practices. Approximately 11% of your donation goes directly to Compassion Over Killing’s legal advocacy.

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Innovation

Corporate Outreach – Working with various international corporations, we’re successfully pushing for change to reduce suffering, eliminate animal ingredients, and mainstream the availability of plant-based options. Approximately 18% of your donation goes directly to campaigns for change.

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Compassion

Outreach & Education – Every day, our staff, interns, and volunteers are engaging in creative and effective outreach opportunities to empower others to choose compassion by leaving animals off their plates. Approximately 40% of your donation goes directly to outreach and education.

Our Leadership Team

Erica Meier, Executive Director Compassion Over Killing
Erica Meier

President
Compassion Over Killing

Cheryl Leahy, General Counsel Compassion Over Killing
Cheryl Leahy

Executive Vice President
Compassion Over Killing

Amy Trakinski, Board Chair Managing Director of VegInvest
Amy Trakinski

Board Chair
Managing Director of VegInvest

Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni, Board of Directors, Compassion Over Killing
Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni

Board of Directors

Steve Cucolo, Board of Directors, Compassion Over Killing
Steve Cucolo

Board of Directors

Financial Reports

Your Donation Dollars at Work for Animals

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2018 charity badges awarded to cokWhere does your money go?

For every dollar you give, 91% goes directly toward improving the lives of farm animals. We spend the other 9% working toward generating the next dollar. Compassion Over Killing relies on the generosity of donors like to you continue our mission.

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Donation Privacy Policy:
Compassion Over Killing is committed to respecting the privacy of its donors, whether the donation is made online, by mail, or any other method. We will not sell, share, or trade our donors’ names, personal, or financial information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations, unless the donor has given us specific permission to do so.