USDA to Greenlight Barbaric High-Speed Pig Slaughter

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Update: The U.S. House of Representatives is taking steps to delay or stop implementation of the high-speed slaughter rule. As is, slaughterhouses are hell on earth for pigs, and they’re about to get worse. Within just a few weeks, the USDA is planning to give slaughterhouses across the country the green light to recklessly speed up slaughter lines–endangering animals, workers, …

How To Save A Life: 4 Ways to Protect Pigs

christopherl Animals, Blog

Like other animals farmed for food, pigs are highly intelligent, have individual personalities, and are able to feel pain and fear. These loving and kind animals enjoy playing, and exercising! Though they love to laze around in the mud to cool off, pigs are very clean, meticulously choosing other places for their waste. But on factory farms, pigs aren’t given …

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

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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

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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

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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 …

Sports Stars Team Up Against USDA’s Cruel High-Speed Slaughter Program

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Stars from across professional sports are teaming up with Compassion Over Killing’s (COK) “Not So Fast, USDA” campaign, to fight the nationwide expansion of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s (USDA) hazardous high-speed pig slaughter program. Through May 2, the USDA is accepting public comments on its proposed rule, misleadingly titled “Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection,” and nearly 40,000 comments have …

Fun Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Pigs

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Pigs are smart and social animals, but as Compassion Over Killing investigations have revealed, pigs used for meat endure horrific suffering on factory farms. Maybe you’ve recently watched “Okja,” and want to learn more about real-life pigs and other farmed animals! But maybe you’ve never met a pig at a sanctuary or don’t have a buddy like Esther the Wonder …

Watch & Take Action: Former COK Investigator Says ‘Not So Fast, USDA!’

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COK’s brave former investigator, Scott David, is in a new video sharing an urgent call to action: He needs YOU to join him in speaking up for pigs today! In a gut-wrenching 2015 COK undercover investigation, Scott exposed horrors at Quality Pork Processors (QPP) slaughterhouse, an exclusive Hormel supplier. Operating under the USDA’s high-speed slaughter, reduced inspection pilot program known as “HIMP,” …