Slaughter Plant Owner Gets Jail Time for Selling Tainted Meat

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Yesterday, a federal judge sentenced Jesse “Babe” Amaral, Jr, the owner of Rancho Feeding Corp, a California-based slaughter plant, to one year and a day in prison followed by two years of supervised release. This sentence was handed down after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the Federal Meat Inspection Act. It was two years ago that Rancho Feeding …

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

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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!

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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 …

Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo Has Egg Lobby Scrambling

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Hampton Creek is on a mission: to create healthier, more sustainable products that major food companies and everyday consumers can enjoy and feel good about. It’s a mission that is supported and financially-backed by well-known venture capitalists, including Bill Gates. Armed with extensive food science knowledge along with compassion and the common sense that cramming birds into cages isn’t good …

Where’s The Beef (From)? The Meat Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know

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Most people want to know where their food comes from – and believe that fundamentally, they have the right to know. However, the US meat industry disagrees and is fighting to keep consumers in the dark as long as possible. In 2002, Congress passed a Country of Origin Labels law, commonly referred to as “COOL.” This law requires that on …

Foie Gras No More!

Victory for Ducks and Geese: US Supreme Court Allows CA’s Foie Gras Ban to Stand

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In yet another victory for animals, the Supreme Court of the United States yesterday declined to hear a challenge to California’s foie gras ban, allowing the prohibition on the sale of this cruel product to remain in effect. California has banned the production and sale of foie gras, a so-called “delicacy” made from the diseased livers of ducks and geese, …

USDA Report: Slaughter Plants Routinely Violate Regulations, Lax Enforcement

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No matter how you slice it, meat produced in the US may come complete with grease smears and even animal feces. That’s based on information from the the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), an agency that has not only been aware of food safety and animal welfare violations inside slaughterhouse, but its agents have apparently done relatively nothing to combat them.