09 December 2010

Compassion Over Killing celebrates 15th anniversary, launches donation drive

More than 300 supporters gathered on December 4 to celebrate Compassion Over Killing’s (COK) 15th anniversary and ring in the next 15.

Since starting out as an all-volunteer high school club in 1995, the nonprofit animal protection organization has evolved into a national voice for animals, working to end the abuse of animals in agriculture and encourage vegetarian eating as a way to build a kinder world for all of us, both human and nonhuman. COK leads grassroots public education, engages in restaurant outreach, pursues corporate campaigns, conducts undercover investigations, invites legislator participation, and develops pro-vegetarian commercials, among other initiatives.

Special guests at the event included vegan comedian and television writer Carol Leifer, Maryland Senator Jamie Raskin, NBC4 anchor Wendy Rieger, and COK founder and senior director of the Humane Society of the United States’ factory farming campaign Paul Shapiro.

Food, gifts, and silent auction items were provided by A Scent of Scandal, Alternative Outfitters, Calypso Organics, Candle 79, Field Roast, Frey Wine, Gardein, Herbivore Clothing, Honest Tea, Hurraw, Larabar, Matt & Nat, Max & Ruffy's, Pure Food and Wine, Purely Elizabeth, Rescue Chocolate, Sticky Fingers Bakery, SunButter, Tofutti, Vegan Essentials, VegNews, WayFare Foods, and many more.

COK also just launched a fundraising drive, in which every dollar donated this month will be matched up to $150,000 by several generous donors. The group aims to raise an additional $150,000 for a total of $300,000 to direct to the next 15 years of animal advocacy. As if that isn’t enough incentive, when you donate $100 or more, COK will send you a free box of decadent dairy-free chocolates from Sjaak's Organic Chocolates that features a special "Celebrate Compassion" message from COK.

To learn more about how COK is helping animals in agriculture, watch the year-end video.

Jaya Bhumitra | Facebook
Jaya has eight years of experience in public affairs and communications, and degrees in business and psychology. She is a Volunteer Outreach Coordinator with Compassion Over Killing in L.A. and an avid runner. Jaya is owned by four dogs (Trooper, Lacey, Midge, and Tin Tin) and a cat (Cupcake).

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