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18 Ways Compassion Over Killing Changed the World for Animals in 2018

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Because of your unwavering help, it has really been a landmark yr for Compassion Over Killing. With you at our aspect, our undercover investigations are exposing the fact, our authorized workforce is preventing for justice, and our company campaigns are altering menus and minds.

To wrap up 2018 and get impressed for the new yr forward, we’re excited to share with you 18 ways in which COK has modified the world for animals this yr.

In no specific order, right here’s what we’ve been capable of accomplish in 2018 since you are standing united with us.


1. Exposing Excessive-Velocity Slaughter Horrors

COK’s surprising investigative footage taken inside Maryland hen slaughterhouse Amick Farms is reaching tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals round the world after breaking in the Washington Submit  and sparking worldwide protection. This footage uncovered the horrors of high-speed slaughter of birds as the federal authorities  permits extra hen crops to extend already dangerously quick kill line speeds from 140 birds to 175 birds per minute.. The gut-wrenching video exhibits birds being punched and thrown, in addition to proof that birds might have been scalded alive.

2. Documenting Manufacturing unit Farming’s Toll in Hurricane Florence

In September, COK investigators have been on the floor — and in the air — in North Carolina, documenting how the devastating toll of Hurricane Florence was multiplied by damaging manufacturing unit farms Amongst devastating flooding, they documented the heartbreaking aftermath: animals left to die, and large manufacturing unit farm waste cesspools spilling into waterways and closely populated communities alongside the Cape Worry Watershed.

three. Offering Vegan Meals to Native Households

In partnership with Martha’s Desk and the Capital Space Meals Financial institution, COK’s TryVeg was capable of turn into a proud sponsor of the Joyful Meals Market at Drew Elementary faculty in Southeast DC for the 2018-2019 faculty yr, offering nutritious vegan meals to youngsters and households. This absolutely vegan “market” pops up at the Ward 7 faculty each month, providing college students 15lbs every of recent produce and wholesome non-perishables. Easy recipes and classes on nutritious plant-based consuming are additionally served up.

Four. Serving Vegan Meals, Inspiration & Assets to Hundreds

TryVeg’s Vegan Meals & Way of life Coach Jessica Carter shared vegan consuming throughout the nation this yr, creating easy and scrumptious unique recipes on TryVeg.com, and internet hosting many stay vegan cooking demos for pre-vegans hoping to discover ways to make their plate extra compassionate–together with giving everybody a style of scrumptious vegan cooking, with hundreds of free samples given out this yr. These demos included a few of her 40+ new recipes on TryVeg.com, together with jackfruit croquettes, fricassee chickpea & cauliflower collard wraps, and cookie dough good cream–yum!

5. Our vegan BOCA marketing campaign’s encouraging Kraft Heinz to assume vegan

We’ve been pressuring Kraft Heinz to “kraft” a greater BOCA model by absolutely ditching dairy in their vegetarian line. This yr, the firm even debuted the first-ever vegan “turkey” burger, and only recently introduced that a majority of the model (eight of 12 merchandise!) is now vegan! As we proceed to make steps in the direction of a dairy-free model, Kraft Heinz can also be investing extra in plant-based choices.

6. Urging the USDA to Halt Harmful Excessive-Velocity Slaughter of Birds and Pigs

Along with our new investigation of Amick Farms, this yr COK fought high-speed slaughter, considered one of animal agriculture’s most harmful developments, on many fronts. We mobilized towards high-speed pig slaughter by delivering 1 / 4 million petition signatures to USDA headquarters in Washington, DC, submitted authorized feedback to the federal company, grilled the USDA at the Maryland Poultry Convention, and even teamed up with Rob Zombie to cease the high-speed horrors.

7. Taking Tyson to Process For Torturing Birds

A COK investigation prompted cruelty expenses towards the proprietor of a Tyson-contracted manufacturing unit farm.This yr, we additionally continued to place the strain on Tyson with a presence at Tyson’s hometown marathon, and a message in the sky over a Tyson-sponsored poultry pageant saying: cruelty gained’t fly!

eight. Making Historical past in California

In collaboration with different animal safety organizations, COK inspired California voters to vote sure on historic Proposition 12 this Election Day. The landmark laws handed with 60% of the vote, and can ban cages for egg-laying hens, gestation crates for pregnant pigs, and veal crates for calves, in addition to ban the sale of merchandise made out of retaining animals in these cages, that are so small they will barely transfer their complete lives.

9. Report-Breaking VegWeek VegPledges!

2018 introduced our largest VegWeek ever, with over 9,300 individuals pledging to discover vegan consuming. With help from superstar endorsers like Alicia Silverstone, VegWeek impressed extra individuals than ever to take pleasure in the flavorful and enjoyable world of vegan meals for no less than seven days! Polls taken after the VegWeek confirmed that no less than 53% of members who went into the week as meat-eaters had eradicated meat from their food plan completely.

10. First-Ever Digital DC VegFest

After DC’s state of emergency pressured us to cancel our annual DC VegFest for the first time ever, COK acquired artistic — impressed by the many festival-goers who love our occasion — and took the enjoyable to hundreds on Fb in our first Digital DC VegFest. Thrilling audio system together with Carol Adams and Ginny Messina, RD (Protest Kitchen), Dr. Neal Barnard (President, Physicians Committee for Accountable Drugs), and Mike Wolf (COK’s Director of Investigations) joined us for the reside broadcast, in addition to a few of our DC VegFest sponsors like Busboys and Poets and Karner Blue Capital.

11. COK’s Outreach & Schooling Workforce Took Half in Over 70 Occasions

This yr our Outreach workforce was reaching out nationwide, participating in over 70 occasions and instantly connecting with individuals to encourage compassion and we shared over 5,000 free vegan meals samples! By means of our go vegan in eight weeks program and MeatOut Mondays publication, we despatched over 2 million supportive emails to pre-vegans. We additionally stayed in contact by way of Fb Stay occasions the place we reviewed new vegan merchandise (like the Boca Turk’y Burger and Hungry Harvest), and interviewed superior vegan cooks and activists like Elysabeth Alfano, Vegan Evan, Jane Velez-Mitchell, and Dotsie Bausch.

12. Past The Lies Reached over 12,500 individuals with Fact behind Massive Ag

All through Summer time 2018, over 12,500 individuals spoke with our devoted Past The Lies tour crews and watched our Four-minute video exposing the fact behind the closed doorways of the meat, dairy, egg, and fishing industries. Our  workforce traveled with Warped Tour and held pay-per-view outreach occasions in 36 cities in 24 states.

13. Brewing Up New Vegan Choices at Starbucks

After a Compassion Over Killing marketing campaign prompted Starbucks to start out pouring out non-dairy milk choices, we continued to ask for extra vegan gadgets on the espresso big’s cabinets. In 2018, we prompted Starbucks to announce a brand new line of vegan meals, and the chain debuted vegan ice cream pops in choose places and launched a totally vegan cookie nationwide! In mild of those victories, we’re persevering with to strain the chain to launch one other vegan cookie taste.

14. Dunkin’ Donuts informed COK they’re testing vegan donut recipes!

Shoppers nationwide are asking Dunkin’ for a vegan donut to dunk in their dairy-free espresso, and after strain from COK campaigns and a letter from former Dunkin’ government Glenn Bacheller, the large donut chainhas advised COK that it’s testing recipes for a vegan donut!

15. COK + Blue Horizon’s Groundbreaking Partnership to Change Farms

In a game-changing new challenge, Compassion Over Killing has partnered with Blue Horizon to launch the improvement part of an thrilling challenge that may convert animal farms to farms rising crops.

16. Ending a Barbaric Hen Business Apply

After COK’s investigation of a Tyson Meals farm revealed the merciless follow of utilizing “nose bones” on hidden digital camera for the first time (promptly ending it at Tyson, Perdue, Wayne Farms, and Home of Raeford), COK has campaigned tirelessly for the finish of this archaic apply — and almost wiped it out industrywide. This yr, we have been capable of affirm that at the least 17 out of the prime 20 poultry producers in the United States have stopped utilizing, or don’t use these merciless practices. We’re persevering with to place strain on the Nationwide Hen Council to abolish this merciless follow completely.

17. COK Put Animals in the Media Highlight

COK’s work for animals and our hard-hitting investigations have been splashed throughout headlines from main information retailers  this yr together with Washington Publish, the Guardian, Mom Jones, VegNews, and lots of extra.

18. New Empowering Vegan Assets

To assist hundreds of individuals flip over a brand new leaf by making an attempt vegan consuming, we’ve up to date our Vegan Starter Information. Filled with scrumptious vegan recipes, causes for going vegan, and useful ideas and tips, our TryVeg Vegan Starter Information is totally free and out there on-line. This yr we have been additionally capable of replace our Veg Information to DC. Free as properly, that is the go-to complete listing of vegan and vegan-friendly eating places in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland. Between these recent new assets and our guides to Consuming Sustainably, Straightforward Vegan Recipes, and extra, we distributed a whopping complete of about 28,000 items of literature this yr!

It has been fairly the yr, and your help has made it attainable for us to realize all of those victories for animals–and extra. Assist us ring in the new yr and hit the floor operating in 2019 by making a matched donation this December.

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As we forge forward into the New Yr, thanks for standing at our aspect and serving to us exhibit the energy of fact, justice, and compassion!


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