According to an interview with an undercover animal investigator (available online at http://supervegan.com/blog/entry.php?id=1501 ), the qualifications for such a job appear to be at least:
- the ability to keep your mouth shut
- eat meat and dairy
- being bummed out all the time
None of the things above are things I have the least bit of interest in doing.
But I certainly support the good people who do undercover work. It’s incredibly valuable work.
From the interview:
What is the purpose of your work? Do you hope to change legislation, put abusers in jail – both, or something else?
If we document illegal activity, we of course pursue litigation. But with the dearth of laws protecting farm animals, my work is mostly used to encourage new laws, challenge corporate policies, and promote a humane diet. Basically it comes down to keeping people informed. Until a few years ago, everyone still sort of thought that things were like on Old McDonald’s farm. Undercovers have helped change that. The industry’s gone from denying the situation to defending it, which is a start. “First they ignore you, then they fight you…”
What is the most awful or shocking thing you’ve witnessed so far?
Most animal suffering is a result of neglect, but it’s the hands-on abuse – the mutilations, etc. – that really stick in my mind. De-horning, tail-docking, castration, and de-beaking are still standard procedure for most farm animals.
Read the rest of the interview at http://supervegan.com/blog/entry.php?id=1501