Profits Plummet for World’s Largest Meat Company

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Animal products are on their way out. In a clear sign of the times, the world’s largest meat company, JBS, recently reported that its profits had fallen 79.8% year-over-year. The company’s failure is tied in part to a recent scandal in Brazil, where an investigation — Operation Weak Flesh — revealed widespread corruption in the oversight of meat safety. Investigators …

“Okja” Inspiring Viewers to Consider: Are Animals Friends or Food?

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The moving and powerful new movie “Okja,” now streaming on Netflix, is getting rave reviews and prompting viewers to consider their food choices, looking beyond the food on their plates to the once-living animals who ended up there. Okja is a genetically engineered “superpig,” bred by the massive, fictitious-but-clearly-Monstanto-inspired Mirando corporation, which ultimately sees her as profitable food. But to …

Exposed Again: Shameful Cruelty at Pilgrim’s Pride

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This week, a new multi-state investigative video, filmed behind the closed doors of Pilgrim’s Pride, was released by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The video uncovers shocking cruelty to chickens at a Pilgrim’s-owned slaughter plant in Texas and a contract supplier in Georgia: birds are being punched, slammed into shackles, bludgeoned with a metal rod, and grabbed by …

Largest Meat Producer, JBS, Sells Beef Operations in 3 Countries

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June 21, 2017 update: A Brazilian federal judge has blocked this $300-million sale of JBS beef operations to Minerva, as a corruption investigation continues and as the office of the attorney general asks that the assets of JBS and its majority shareholders be frozen. Read more from Reuters. JBS, the world’s largest meat producer, has been making headlines as its …

Report: Over Half of US Consumers More Concerned About Farm Animal Welfare

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As Compassion Over Killing’s investigations reveal, farm animals endure immense suffering behind the closed doors of animal agribusiness. And consumers are increasingly unwilling to buy into this cruelty. A recent report from Packaged Facts shows that over half of US consumers — 58% — are more concerned about farm animal welfare than they were a few years ago, from housing, to …

JBS Parent Company to Pay $3.2 Billion for Bribery in Brazil

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Guest commentary by COK volunteer Simone de Lima, of Brazil: In March, we reported on an investigation into corruption in the Brazilian meat industry that made major headlines across the world. The investigation — dubbed Operation Weak Flesh — went on to reveal systemic corruption in the government oversight of meat safety in more than 30 companies, ranging from smaller slaughterhouses all the …

Report: Meat Industry Workers Suffering Severe Injuries

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With knives, blades, grinding machines and other hazardous equipment surrounding you — plus fast-paced, profit-driven line speeds — meat processing can be an extremely dangerous job, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP). As Compassion Over Killing’s undercover investigations have revealed time after time, profit is the bottom line in animal agribusiness. Cheap meat is produced as quickly as possible, …

Brazil Raids Major Global Meat Producers for Alleged Bribery

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March 23 update: JBS temporarily suspended operations in 33 of its 36 meat plants in Brazil because of a “lack of sales,” according to Reuters. A dozen countries suspended all meat imports from Brazil and eight other countries halted imports from the specific plants being investigated. Guest blog by COK volunteer Simone de Lima, of Brazil: Just days ago, following a …

OSHA Fines Pilgrim’s Pride for Putting Workers at Risk

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Pilgrim’s Pride can’t be feeling very proud. In 2014, Compassion Over Killing (COK) released a gut-wrenching undercover video revealing shocking cruelty to chickens inside a North Carolina factory farm supplier of Pilgrim’s Pride. Featured in a CNN exclusive report, the footage sparked outrage over chickens buried alive in outdoor pits, and birds suffering from ammonia burns, leg deformities, and more. This year, …