Investigations

Aquaculture: A Sea of Suffering

Compassion Over Killing’s (COK) new investigation is the first-ever undercover exposé of salmon aquaculture in the U.S. COK’s investigator worked inside Cooke Aquaculture in Bingham, Maine, exposing senseless violence against these sentient animals at an industrial Atlantic salmon hatchery supplying Martha Stewart’s new True North Seafood line.

COK’s groundbreaking video takes you beneath the surface of the factory farming of fish, revealing putrid conditions breeding disease and parasites as well as widespread cruelty to fish intensively crowded in barren tanks.

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Nestle's Nightmare: The Hard-to-Swallow Truth

Working inside Martin Farms, a Pennsylvania dairy factory farm, COK’s investigator documented senseless and violent abuse of mother cows and their defenseless calves. This is some of the worst abuse we’ve ever documented, and yet it also shows practices representative of what life is like for animals on a typical dairy farm.

In this case, COK’s investigator followed a truck from this factory farm to an ice cream facility, owned by the world’s largest dairy company: Nestlé, the maker of ice cream brands including Dreyer’s, Edy’s, and Häagen-Dazs.

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Amick Farms: High-Speed Chicken Slaughterhouse

Exposed Powerful new investigative footage by Compassion Over Killing exposes heartbreaking cruelty to birds inside a Maryland slaughterhouse — one of 24 chicken plants allowed by the USDA to operate at dangerously fast kill line speeds.

In 2018, a COK investigator worked inside this Hurlock, Maryland high-speed facility that kills up to 175 birds each minute. That’s as many as over one million birds every week.

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Tyson: A Tradition of Torture Exposed - Again

New heart-wrenching undercover footage by Compassion Over Killing (COK) exposes shocking abuse of birds at a Virginia factory farm supplying Tyson Foods, the nation’s largest chicken producer.

For several weeks, a COK investigator worked inside Atlantic Farm, a Temperanceville, Virginia facility with more than 225,000 birds crammed inside filthy warehouses. The gut-wrenching video reveals egregious acts of violence as well as the painful hidden horrors chickens are forced to ensure as a result of genetic manipulation for obesity and unnaturally rapid growth.

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Carton of Cruelty: Behind Big Dairy's Closed Doors

In a heartbreaking new undercover video, Compassion Over Killing reveals violent abuse of gentle mother cows at Mason Dixon Farms, a massive dairy factory farm in Pennsylvania with more than 2,500 animals.

Mason Dixon supplies some of the biggest names in dairy, including Dairy Farmers of America and Land O’Lakes.

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Sheer Horror at Superior Farms: Lamb Slaughter Exposed

In a new eye-opening investigation, COK offers the first behind-the-scenes look inside a US lamb slaughterhouse. This gut-wrenching undercover footage reveals egregious animal cruelty and alarming food labeling practices at Superior Farms—the largest lamb producer in the US and a supplier of the nation’s top two grocers, Walmart and Kroger.

Filmed by a COK undercover investigator working for Superior Farms at the largest lamb slaughter plant in the country located in Dixon, California, the graphic video captures the violent and bloody death that these young, gentle animals are forced to endure.

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Tyson Exposed: A Tradition of Torture

A shocking new undercover video reveals egregious acts of violence and abuse at Tyson Foods, the nation’s largest chicken producer, that prompted the company to immediately end the cruel practice of “boning.” Tyson also fired 10 employees, stated it was “disgusted and outraged by what’s shown in this video” and acknowledged that “we must do more to stop this inexcusable behavior.”

Filmed by a COK investigator who worked inside several Tyson facilities throughout Virginia, the footage offers a shocking, never-before-seen look behind the closed doors of chicken breeding factory farms, known as “broiler breeder” farms. This is where America’s chicken dinner begins.

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Hormel: USDA-Approved High Speed Slaughter Hell

In 2015, a COK investigator worked inside Quality Pork Processors (QPP), a USDA-inspected slaughterhouse in Minnesota that exclusively supplies to Hormel, the makers of SPAM.

This shocking footage offers a disturbing, close-up view of the suffering endured by pigs as they are pushed, prodded and dragged to their death.

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Foster Farms Exposed: A Nightmare for Baby Birds

Video uncovered abuse to day-old turkeys at a hatchery owned by Foster Farms, the company that was slated to provide the 2015 Presidential Turkey – Act now!

In early 2015, a Compassion Over Killing investigator documented shocking horrors forced upon baby birds—from painful mutilations to being ground up alive - inside a Foster Farms turkey hatchery in Fresno, California.

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Mountaire Facility Animal Abuse Investigation

Amid Pending North Carolina Ag-Gag Bill, New COK Video Uncovers Horrific Abuse to Birds at Mountaire Farms Chicken Slaughterhouse.

With an “Ag-Gag” bill aimed at suppressing agribusiness whistleblowing now making its way through the North Carolina legislature, COK just released a powerful new undercover video exposing abuse to birds inside Mountaire Farms, a chicken slaughterhouse in Robeson County, NC.

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Pilgrim's Shame: Chickens Buried Alive

New heart-wrenching undercover footage by Compassion Over Killing (COK) exposes shocking abuse of birds at a Virginia factory farm supplying Tyson Foods, the nation’s largest chicken producer.

Each year in the US, more than 8 billion chickens are raised and killed for their meat, and countless more suffer and die before even reaching the slaughterhouse. Few people have seen the daily miseries these baby birds are forced to endure — until now.

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Central Valley Meat Shut Down Again by USDA – This Time for Unsanitary Conditions

COK’s Undercover Video Prompts USDA to Shut Down CA Slaughterhouse & Suspend Federal Purchases from Facility. In-N-Out Burger, Costco, and McDonald’s Also Sever Ties.

An undercover video, filmed by a Compassion Over Killing investigator, exposes rampant animal abuse and suffering inside Central Valley Meat Co. (CVM), a slaughterhouse in Hanford, California. CVM is a major supplier to the USDA’s National School Lunch Program and other federal food initiatives.

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Cal-Cruz Hatcheries Closes Down

Using a hidden camera, a COK investigator documented shocking abuses forced upon newly-hatched chicks and ducklings while employed at Cal-Cruz Hatcheries in 2009.

The video evidence was immediately turned over to the Santa Cruz County Animal Services Authority and the District Attorney’s Office. In response, a follow-up investigation conducted by humane law enforcement not only corroborated our evidence of abuse and neglect but also resulted in the impoundment of 88 ducklings.

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Cruelty to Baby Birds inside “Humane” Bell & Evans Hatchery

In 2013, a Compassion Over Killing investigator worked inside a chicken hatchery owned by Bell & Evans, a company that prides itself for its so-called “humane animal welfare.”

Our undercover video, however, exposes the harsh realities forced upon these baby birds on their very first day of life as they emerge from their shells, destined to be raised for their meat.

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Quanah Cattle Company: Shocking Abuse to Calves

Victory: We’re very pleased to announce that the unfounded charge against COK’s courageous investigator Taylor Radig has been dropped!  On Jan. 10, 2014, the Weld County District Attorney’s office filed a motion to dismiss the charge, noting that “the charges can’t be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”  Read more about the bogus charge and read Taylor’s message of heartfelt gratitude.

Criminal Cruelty Cases: The video footage showing hideous abuse of newborn calves that Taylor provided to authorities also led to criminal animal cruelty charges against three people who were caught by COK’s camera abusing these very young and fragile animals.

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Iowa Investigation: Hawkeye Sow Centers (Hormel Supplier)

While employed at Hawkeye Sow Centers (HSC), a pig breeding factory farm in Leland, Iowa, a COK investigator wore an undercover camera to document the day-to-day miseries forced upon thousands of female pigs—who are intensively confined in tiny crates where they can’t even turn around—and their piglets, who endure painful mutilations without any relief.

Iowa is the largest pork-producing state in the U.S. and, in 2012, animal agribusiness passed an “ag-gag” bill in the state to make whistleblowing exposés on factory farms, like this investigation, illegal. COK’s video sheds light on standard practices that the industry is desperately trying to hide. Read more about this ag-gag bill, which was signed into law by Iowa Governor Branstad in early March 2012.

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Cruel & Filthy Conditions inside Hargin, Inc. – a MN Turkey Breeding Factory Farm

Undercover Video Shows Cruel & Filthy Conditions inside Hargin, Inc. – a MN Turkey Breeding Factory Farm.

 In 2013, a COK undercover investigator worked inside Hargin, Inc., a turkey breeding factory farm in Pope County, Minnesota, the top turkey-producing state in the US. At Hargin, an estimated 25,000 female turkeys are locked inside massive sheds, forced to live in cruel and filthy conditions.

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