Justice for All: Celebrating Cheryl Leahy’s 10 Years at COK!

Compassion Over Killing Staff Legal Advocacy

A note from Compassion Over Killing’s Board of Directors:  We are so proud to celebrate Cheryl Leahy’s 10-year anniversary at COK! As General Counsel, Cheryl proves that no sector of animal agriculture is beyond the reach of COK’s challenge. She has led investigative efforts against the egg, dairy, chicken, pork, beef, turkey, and foie gras industries, and spearheaded groundbreaking legal actions against …

Consider This: Chickens are smarter than toddlers!

Compassion Over Killing Staff Animals, Investigations

Did you know there are no federal laws protecting chickens? On factory farms, these animals are forced to endure horrific abuses and their misery is kept hidden behind closed doors, keeping the public in the dark about the truth. Case in point: COK’s shocking new investigative video filmed inside multiple facilities supplying the nation’s largest chicken producer, Tyson Foods, reveals birds being kicked, thrown, …

USDA Shut Down MN Pig Slaughterhouse for Humane Violation

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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

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 …

New Video Shows McDonald’s Supplier Clubbing Birds

Compassion Over Killing Staff Interviews

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, …

Chrystal’s Story: Why I Went Undercover

Compassion Over Killing Staff Interviews, Investigations

Chrystal Ferber didn’t grow up thinking some day she’d wear a hidden camera and risk it all by going behind the closed doors of a giant industry desperate to keep its dark and violent secrets tucked away from public view. In fact, when she watched an undercover video of factory farming for the first time, she was so horrified, she …

NC Gov. Vetoes Ag-Gag, Update: Legislature Overrides Veto

Compassion Over Killing Staff Animals, Campaigns, Investigations, Legal Advocacy, Uncategorized

June 3, 2015 Update: Despite the Governor’s veto of this ag-gag bill, the House & Senate in North Carolina just voted to override that veto. This dangerous bill will now become law, going into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Stay tuned for more details. North Carolina’s 2015 ag-gag bill (HB405) has officially been defeated!  By vetoing this dangerous bill that …

Right to Farm… or Right to Harm?

Compassion Over Killing Staff Animals, Blog, Legal Advocacy

The meat industry has been fighting to keep the public in the dark. They’ve been feverishly working to pass dangerous ag-gag laws that would criminalize investigations of factory farms. Compassion Over Killing has been standing up for the public’s right to know what happens on factory farms every step of the way. Now, Big-Ag is pushing a new strategy: so-called …

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COK Investigation Update: Burying Birds Alive is Apparently Not a Crime in North Carolina

Compassion Over Killing Staff Investigations

Aug. 6 Update: A concerned North Carolina resident just launched a Change.org petition sending a message to authorities: “Burying animals alive is cruel and should be prosecuted.” Please lend your voice by signing it now! “We’re gonna drop them in the pit just like they are… Mother nature takes care of the rest.” That’s what our investigator was told—on hidden camera—by a long-time …