USDA Shut Down MN Pig Slaughterhouse for Humane Violation

Last night, Minnesota’s Austin Daily Herald reported that the USDA temporarily shut down Quality Pork Processors (QPP) for humane handling violations. Based in Austin, MN, QPP is an exclusive Hormel supplier that was the center of a gut-wrenching COK exposé released this past fall. It operates under a controversial USDA-approved pilot program known as HIMP, which allows for fewer government inspectors on …

60 Congressmembers Urge USDA to Halt High-Speed Slaughter Expansion

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 …

Liam Hemsworth & Paul Wesley Speak Out Against Hormel’s High Speed Slaughter!

Earlier this month, COK released a powerful new undercover video exposing horrors for pigs inside a slaughter plant that exclusively supplies Hormel, the makers of SPAM. This facility is one of five in the US operating under a USDA-approve pilot program — known as HIMP — that allows for faster slaughter speeds and fewer on-site government inspectors. What we found is …