COK Grills USDA on High-Speed Slaughter at MD Poultry Conference

Stuart McDonald Blog, Campaigns

Today, Compassion Over Killing’s Director of Corporate Outreach Laura Cascada took the floor during the Q&A following a USDA presentation at the Delmarva Poultry Industry’s annual conference to hold the federal agency accountable for putting millions of consumers, workers, and animals in danger with its high-speed slaughter plans. Laura took the agency to task after its Deputy Assistant Administrator of …

The Guardian: Meatplant Workers Already Suffering Severe Injuries, As USDA Considers Speeding Up Slaughter Lines

Stuart McDonald Animals, Investigations

As the USDA debates rolling out their high-speed pig slaughter program nationwide, the slaughter and meatpacking industries remain some of the most dangerous working environments in the US. In a new story, The Guardian reports that in US meat plants there are two amputations a week and 17 “severe” incidents a month, which includes hospitalizations or “loss of an eye.” …

COK & ASPCA Oppose USDA’s High-Speed Slaughter Proposal

Compassion Over Killing Staff Uncategorized

Compassion Over Killing and ASPCA have hand-delivered a joint comment to the US Dept. of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service in Washington, DC, asking the federal agency to end, not expand, its high-speed pig slaughter program. In February, the USDA proposed a “Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection” rule, which would revoke maximum line speeds and allow slaughterhouses to …

COK Rally at USDA: Investigator Delivers 250K Signatures Against High-Speed Slaughter

Compassion Over Killing Staff Animals, Campaigns, Investigations

Today, Compassion Over Killing (COK) brought media and the voices of over a quarter million people to the doorstep of the US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) in the nation’s capital, in a rally against the expansion of the federal agency’s dangerous high-speed pig slaughter program. The New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS) would allow slaughterhouses to further increase their already …

Poultry Industry Attempt to Increase Kill Speed is Rejected by USDA

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The US Dept. of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has rejected a chicken industry proposal to allow for the increase of already dangerously fast slaughter line speeds. In December, Compassion Over Killing submitted a comment to the USDA voicing our grave concerns over the National Chicken Council’s proposal. We had also submitted an initial comment in September …

Leilani Münter Speaks Out Against High-Speed Slaughter of Pigs

Compassion Over Killing Staff Animals, Campaigns, Investigations

Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and environmental activist who drives a 100% solar-powered Tesla. Sports Illustrated named her one of the top ten female race car drivers in the world. Now, Leilani is revving her engine to join Compassion Over Killing (COK) as a driving force in our campaign to oppose the dangerous and inhumane high-speed slaughter of pigs under a …

60 Congressmembers Urge USDA to Halt High-Speed Slaughter Expansion

Compassion Over Killing Staff Blog, Investigations, Uncategorized

In an effort led by Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (CT) and Louise Slaughter (NY), a bi-partisan group of 60 Congressmembers signed a powerfully-worded letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack urging the federal agency to delay the potential expansion of HIMP, a dangerous reduced-inspection, high-speed pig slaughter pilot program. The USDA previously stated its decision would come out this month. The letter cites concerns that “these new …