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VICTORY: Proposition 12 Passes By a Landslide in California

In an enormous victory for the treatment of farmed animals, California’s historic Proposition 12 passed with over 60% of the vote in yesterday’s midterm elections. This landmark legislation will ban cages for egg-laying hens, gestation crates for pregnant pigs, and veal crates for calves, and ban the sale of products made from keeping animals in these cages, which are so …

Investigator Series: Jailbreak

Compassion Over Killing’s brave investigators shine a light on the cruelties kept hidden behind the closed doors of animal agribusiness. COK investigations have resulted in animal cruelty charges, groundbreaking lawsuits, and even slaughterhouse shutdowns. To give you an idea of what our investigators experience, we’re publishing a series of blogs by former COK investigators. To stand with our investigators and …

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Tofurky Fights Missouri Meat Labeling Law

This week, Missouri became the first state to enact a law regulating the use of the word “meat” in food labeling. The term, according to the law, should be solely reserved for food made from “traditionally harvested” livestock or poultry. Tofurky, one of the top makers of plant-based meats, filed an injunction in federal court to prevent the enforcement of …

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COK Brings Mobile Ad to Chicken Marketing Summit

As poultry industry executives descended on the Four Seasons Resort at Florida’s Disney World for the Chicken Marketing Summit, so did Compassion Over Killing. As the conference filled up with attendees, thousands witnessed a powerful COK mobile billboard revealing the unhappiest place on Earth for birds: Tyson Foods. As COK investigative footage has revealed, birds in Tyson’s supply chain endure …

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Chicken and Pork Industries Accused of Conspiring to Fix Prices

Late last month, consumers filed a suit against multiple pork producers (including Smithfield, Hormel, and Tyson Foods) accusing them of colluding to drive up the cost of pork products. The class-action case alleges that these producers have been working together to artificially inflate the prices for years by “coordinating their output and limiting production.” A day after the case was …

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Lean Cuisine Debuts Line of Meatless Entrees

Frozen entree maker Lean Cuisine (owned by Nestlé) is debuting fourteen new meatless dishes–two of which are completely vegan! The company, owned by Nestlé, says that plant-based foods are among the products for which consumers are looking. Though most of the new entrees contain animal products of some kind, there are two that are totally vegan-friendly: Check out the Coconut …

COK Urges USDA to Say No to Less Pig Industry Regulation

On Monday, Compassion Over Killing submitted a legal comment urging USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service not to adopt their proposed rule eliminating federal regulations requiring pig carcasses to be cleaned prior to incision. COK joins several consumer advocacy groups, including Food & Water Watch, Center for Food Safety, and Government Accountability Project, in opposing this measure. Not only does …

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The Human Cost of Cheap Meat: ICE Detains 146 Meatpacking Workers

On Wednesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) carried out the largest raid in a decade at Salem, Ohio meatpacking plant Fresh Mark. According to NPR, this raid was part of a yearlong investigation into Fresh Mark’s hiring practices. Most of the 146 employees arrested are still being detained in Ohio and Michigan, where they’re awaiting deportation proceedings. This raid …