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Vegan in 2020: 8 Ways to Give the Year a Brighter Outlook for Animals

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Happy New Year! As we rang in 2019, our resolution was to make 2019 the Year of the Vegan, and those efforts paid off in huge legal victories, groundbreaking investigations, and successful corporate campaigns. We’ve worked hard to make vegan eating easier than ever, so now it’s your turn to transform your 2020.  Is your New Year’s resolution to go …

Cow 714: A Letter From a COK Investigator

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As an undercover investigator for Compassion Over Killing, I can’t yet tell you my name–but I can tell you the story of cow 714.  Last winter, I worked undercover at Martin Farms, a dairy factory farm in Pennsylvania. During my time there, through all the chaos, I connected with a kind and beautiful cow who was only known by her …

The Year of the Vegan: COK’s Actions for Animals in 2019

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Compassion Over Killing is an unwavering force for farm animals, and your support has made 2019 one of our best years yet. As we look toward 2020 and our 25th year of Compassion, here are a few ways we made the prediction that 2019 would be the “year of the vegan” come true. 1. Exposing cruelty to cows in Nestlé’s …

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Animal Protection Groups Sue USDA For Gutting Pig Slaughterhouse Rules

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Together with six other organizations, today Compassion Over Killing filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) challenging its decision to reduce oversight at pig slaughterhouses and eliminate limits on slaughter speeds. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York on behalf of Farm Sanctuary, Animal Equality, the Animal Legal …

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Nestlé Drops Ice Cream After COK Investigation Reveals Cruelty in Dairy Supply Line

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Since the release of Compassion Over Killing’s heartbreaking investigation exposing cruelty behind Nestlé’s massive Maryland ice cream factory, tens of thousands of you have urged the food giant to churn out dairy-free options through our Change.org petition. In response, Nestlé announced a vegan bacon cheeseburger, and now, the beleaguered company is ditching its dirty US ice cream business for good.  …

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Judge Allows Compassion Over Killing to Help Defend Animal Protection Law

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On Friday, a California judge ruled against the North American Meat Institute’s (“NAMI”) request for a preliminary injunction to temporarily halt the implementation of Proposition 12 until the full legal case can be heard. The same judge additionally ruled that Compassion Over Killing (COK) and other groups would be allowed to intervene in the lawsuit to defend this historic law. …

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NYC Becomes Largest City in the World to Ban Cruel Foie Gras

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As part of a historic animal protection package passed in the New York City Council, NYC has become the largest city in the world to ban cruel foie gras. Championed by Speaker Corey Johnson with support from a coalition of animal protection organizations led by Voters for Animal Rights, this bill includes multiple measures to make New York City a …

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School of Fish Swarms Against Cruelty in Suffolk, VA

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Compassion Over Killing’s mermaid and her fish friends swarmed a Virginia seafood plant that is reportedly producing salmon for Martha Stewart in protest of the cruelty we uncovered at a hatchery owned by parent company Cooke Aquaculture. Earlier this month, COK’s undercover investigation documented egregious cruelty to salmon at a hatchery for Cooke Aquaculture, parent of True North–which recently teamed …

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The Possibility of Munching on Metal: Is Your “Food” Safe?

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Taco Bell has been making headlines, but not for its new vegetarian-friendly menu. The enormous fast-food chain has instead issued a recall of 2.3 million pounds of seasoned beef because it was possibly contaminated with “extraneous materials, specifically metal shavings.” As a former undercover investigator, I can attest to the fact that this isn’t actually that crazy a possibility. I’ve …