USDA Withdraws Reckless High-Speed Chicken Slaughter Rule

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In 2018, Animal Outlook revealed the horrors of high-speed chicken slaughter with undercover footage of a facility operating under a waiver allowing it to slaughter up to 175 birds per minute. The Trump administration proposed a rule to make this reckless, dangerous speed the norm by allowing all facilities to run slaughter lines about 25 percent faster than the current …

Animal Outlook Demands Investigation of Bravo Packing

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March 4, 2021 update: Following an FDA inspection prompted by our complaint, Bravo Packing, Inc. has recalled both its Performance Dog and its Ground Beef frozen raw pet foods due to possible contamination with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. Has your pet become sick after eating these foods? Contact us at  Click here to view our full press release. Pet food maker Bravo …

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VICTORY: CA Upholds Proposition 12 Limiting Cruel Confinement Despite Industry Pushback

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A coalition of animal protection groups including Animal Outlook have won a fight to uphold California’s historic Proposition 12. This victory comes despite opposition from the North American Meat Institute (NAMI). Proposition 12 The proposition, passed in 2018, supplements prior legislation that prohibits cruel confinement practices for egg-laying hens, pigs, and calves used for veal, as well as the sale …


Emails Suggest Meat Industry Influenced COVID-19 Executive Order

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As COVID-19 began to spread across the United States this spring, slaughterhouses were hit particularly hard. But despite outbreaks making thousands of workers sick and even killing some of them, President Trump issued an executive order aiming to keep production lines running. As a result of staying open, more slaughterhouse workers across the country were infected with COVID-19, and many …

USDA Deregulates Pig Slaughterhouses Despite Horrible Consequences for Animals

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Despite pushback from Compassion Over Killing (COK) and other animal, workers’ rights, and consumer advocacy groups, the USDA has pushed forward a new rule deregulating pig slaughter under the guise of “modernization.” But this rule is a dangerous step backwards. Now, COK is criticizing the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS) rule, which comes at a time when the public …

House of Representatives Takes Steps to Prevent Cruel High-Speed Slaughter Program

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In a continued effort to fight the USDA’s cruel and reckless high-speed slaughter program, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has approved the DeLauro-Price Amendment as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 Agriculture Appropriations bill. This Amendment, sponsored by Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and David Price (D-NC), would block funding of the new rule until the Office of the …

Washington State Bans Cruel Confinement of Egg Laying Hens

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This week Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a groundbreaking bill into law that will ban the sale of of eggs from caged hens. This law will phase out cruel confinement by 2023 and applies to eggs sold in the state but produced elsewhere. Washington is the latest state to ban hen cages. Several states have passed laws in the recent …

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Owner of Tyson-Contracted Factory Farm Charged with Animal Cruelty, Enters Plea Agreement

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After a Compassion Over Killing hidden-camera investigation uncovered heartbreaking abuse to birds at Atlantic Farms, a Virginia factory farm contracted by Tyson Foods, the nation’s largest chicken producer, our evidence was turned over to authorities, who promptly investigated. The video reveals birds being violently kicked, slammed, thrown, and run over and crushed to death by forklifts. Other birds were killed …

COK’s Irina Anta Named Co-Chair of American Bar Association’s Animals in Agriculture Subcommittee

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From the courtrooms to the court of public opinion, Compassion Over Killing’s dedicated legal team tirelessly defends animals and strives for justice. Now, Irina Anta, COK Counsel, will be advocating for farmed animals in a new role in addition to her innovative work at COK. Irina has just been appointed as Co-Chair of the Animals in Agriculture Subcommittee of the …