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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 …

The Guardian: Meatplant Workers Already Suffering Severe Injuries, As USDA Considers Speeding Up Slaughter Lines

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

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 …

Fun Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Pigs

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!’

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,” …

Hormel Cruelty Exposed Again

Hormel horrors continue to be brought to light. Compassion Over Killing’s gut-wrenching video, released in late 2015, has gone viral, viewed by millions and sparking international headlines. The undercover footage revealed egregious animal abuses at exclusive Hormel supplier Quality Pork Processors (QPP), including: animals being beaten, shocked, dragged – all out of view of federal government inspectors sick and injured pigs, known …

COK Files Criminal Animal Cruelty Complaint Against Hormel Supplier

Compassion Over Killing (COK), a national animal protection organization, filed in Minn. state court this week a complaint alleging criminal animal cruelty based on undercover video filmed inside Quality Pork Processors (QPP). The Austin, Minn. pig slaughter plant supplies exclusively to Hormel Foods. The filing in Mower County District Court applies the state law, Minn. Stat. § 343.22, allowing private …

Public Loves New Vegan Butcher; Big Pork Calls it Unethical

From Time magazine to the Huffington Post, the Herbivorous Butcher is popping up in media outlets everywhere. Started by brother sister duo Aubrey and Kale Walch, the all-vegan eatery in Minneapolis, Minn. held its official opening last weekend. Launch day saw lines down the block and two-hour wait times. Customers snapped up cruelty-free versions of Italian sausage, smoky BBQ ribs, pepperoni, and lots of other plant-based …