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Owner of Tyson-Contracted Factory Farm Charged with Animal Cruelty, Enters Plea Agreement

After a Compassion Over Killing hidden-camera investigation uncovered heartbreaking abuse to birds at Atlantic Farms, a Virginia factory farm contracted by Tyson Foods, the nation’s largest chicken producer, our evidence was turned over to authorities, who promptly investigated. The video reveals birds being violently kicked, slammed, thrown, and run over and crushed to death by forklifts. Other birds were killed …

Celebrating 14 years at COK: A reflection of the past as we build a kinder future

By Erica Meier, Executive Director The New Year offers an important opportunity for reflection, which can spark creative ideas for growth and forward progress. As we enter 2019, I’m reminded that this month, January 2019, marks my 14-year anniversary working at Compassion Over Killing!   I moved to the nation’s capital in 1999 and soon started volunteering at COK. At …

COK Prompts Announcement of New Line of Vegan Foods at Starbucks

Today, Compassion Over Killing (COK) created quite a buzz at Starbucks’ annual shareholder meeting at the Seattle Center, speaking on behalf of the nearly 30,000 people asking the coffee chain for vegan foods nationwide, and prompting the exciting news of a new plant-based line. COK also launched mobile ads this week, targeting the meeting venue and 200,000 people in Seattle, …

Victory: New Vegan Cupcake at Starbucks!

Thousands of compassionate consumers like you have joined Compassion Over Killing and Jane Velez-Mitchell in asking for vegan foods at Starbucks — and the coffee chain is responding by brewing up new menu items! This summer, Starbucks debuted a protein-packed vegan lentil bowl…which quickly sold out at some locations due to high demand. The addition followed dairy-free milks (almond, soy, and coconut!) for …

Win for Ducks: Federal Court Reinstates California’s Foie Gras Ban!

In a victory for ducks and geese, today’s unanimous 3-0 decision from the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals reenacts California’s ban on cruel foie gras! The court’s powerful decision states, “As societal values change, so too do our notions of acceptable food products…California, like a growing number of countries around the world, has concluded that force-fed foie gras is…repugnant.” Translated as …

Utah’s Ag-Gag Law, Declared Unconstitutional, Won’t Be Appealed!

In July 2017, a federal judge declared Utah’s dangerous “ag-gag” law unconstitutional, for violating the First Amendment, calling the law “perfectly tailored toward … preventing undercover investigators from exposing abuses at agricultural facilities.” Now comes another stunning victory for farmed animals, as the ruling striking down this dangerous law won’t be appealed by the state Attorney General’s Office. Utah’s ag-gag law …

VICTORY: COK Video of Cruelty to Chickens Prompts Groundbreaking Charges & Convictions

Compassion Over Killing’s gut-wrenching investigation of Tyson Foods, the nation’s largest chicken producer, prompted groundbreaking firsts in the protection of broiler chickens. This eye-opening video provided the first investigative look behind the closed doors of broiler breeder factory farms. Our investigator documented for the first time on hidden-camera the brutal practice of using “nose bones,” stabbing a dull plastic rod through …

Profits Plummet for World’s Largest Meat Company

Animal products are on their way out. In a clear sign of the times, the world’s largest meat company, JBS, recently reported that its profits had fallen 79.8% year-over-year. The company’s failure is tied in part to a recent scandal in Brazil, where an investigation — Operation Weak Flesh — revealed widespread corruption in the oversight of meat safety. Investigators …