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 …

Q&A: Olympic Medalist & Animal Advocate, Dotsie Bausch

Olympic cyclist and dedicated activist, Dotsie Bausch, is a true champion for animals! Dotsie has teamed up with Compassion Over Killing to empower thousands to take our VegWeek VegPledge. She also personally penned a letter urging Papa John’s to offer vegan cheese. Now, Dotsie shares her inspiring story as a vegan athlete, and how she cycled her way to a …

Q&A: Liz Dee Unwraps Story Behind Smarties (Plus,Win a Year’s Supply!)

Halloween is quickly approaching, and we’re ready to celebrate with vegan sweets that aren’t ghoulish to animals! If you’re looking for kind candy to give out to trick-or-treaters, Smarties are a smart choice. Did you know they’re vegan? We talked one-on-one with Smarties Co-President, Liz Dee, about this compassionate, family-run company founded in 1949, which sells over 2 billion rolls …

New Site Celebrates the Work of Black Vegans

When activist Aph Ko wrote an article entitled “100 Black Vegans,” she planted the seed for something even bigger to sprout. The list — which highlights a diverse array of black vegan activists including writers, chefs, athletes, musicians, and more — garnered massive attention and support, and inspired Aph to create an entirely new platform: Black Vegans Rock. The site (which launched earlier …

‘Compassionate Man’ Magazine to Tackle Stereotypes and Reframe Masculinity

It’s no secret that there are more women than men in the world of animal advocacy. Did you know that 79 percent of vegans in the US are women? Why aren’t more men embracing a healthier, kinder, and more sustainable plant-based diet? Clearly women aren’t the only ones who care about these important issues. Sadly, the stereotypical view of masculinity tends to label behaviors like fighting, …

New Video Shows McDonald’s Supplier Clubbing Birds

The secret ingredient in McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets is no longer a secret. A newly-released investigative video (below) by Mercy For Animals uncovers the brutal truth: animal cruelty. The gruesome footage reveals shocking abuses to birds at Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest meat producers and a supplier of McDonald’s McNuggets. The video, filmed at a factory farm in Tennessee, …

Why Eating Chocolate Just Became Our Number One Priority

Chocolate is one of life’s great gifts. We give it as presents to show loved ones our affection, make cakes out of it to celebrate special events, and overindulge in it during holidays. And while we view it as a guilt-ridden pleasure, chocolate is actually good for us! According to plant-based dietitian Matt Ruscigno, author of the new book Superfoods …

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New Movie “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” Puts Environmental Executives in the Hot Seat

Like many of us, Kip Anderson was inspired by Al Gore’s 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. An environmentalist at heart, Kip was quick to incorporate the film’s suggestions in an effort to reduce his carbon footprint. But he wanted to do more so he could have more of a meaningful impact and that’s when he discovered that the single greatest …