CNN Report on Factory Farms and Ag-Gag Wins National Press Club Award
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All of God's creatures have rights, a fact that most people don't seem to recognize. This includes both human and non-human animals, but not all of them can speak for themselves. As we continue to disregard the value of the lives of the billions of animals we eat, we also are destroying our air, land and water.


Compassion Over Killing (COK)
July 2015

Last June, CNN aired a hard-hitting in-depth report on the importance of undercover videos and the dangers of ag-gag laws. The story, by investigative correspondent Chris Frates, featured COK’s heart-breaking investigation inside a North Carolina chicken factory farm exposing shocking cruelty that includes sick and injured birds being dumped in outdoor pits and buried alive.

See Pilgrim's Pride Facility Animal Abuse Investigation.

chickens buried alive
Employee to undercover investigator after dumping a bucket of some-dead, some-still living chickens into a pit: "Ya look down in that pit and [hahaha ] it's lik a gravy that's simmering and squimmering."

Shortly after this CNN report reached millions of viewers nationwide, Pilgrim’s issued a statement noting that the “video shows startling images of birds being mistreated” and calling those acts “unacceptable.” Local law enforcement, however, decided “not to bring criminal charges in this case.”

The miseries forced upon farmed animals are typically kept hidden from public view, and CNN’s feature takes aim at the lack of transparency in this system, highlighting the dangers of ag-gag bills that seek to shut down undercover investigations and keep Americans in the dark about what really happens behind the meat industry’s closed doors.

It was just announced that this powerful reporting prompted the National Press Club to name CNN’s Chris Frates the winner of the prestigious Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting Award for 2014!

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