Undercover at the factory farm

Photo by Farm Sanctuary via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Caroline Abels (of the great Humaneitarian website and blog that I follow) recently had one of her features cross-posted at Grist. In it, she introduces readers to Mary Beth Sweetland, senior director of investigations for the Humane Society of the United States, and the work that her staff of undercover investigators do:

Grainy video clips of the dank and hidden places where most American meat is raised may appear on our Facebook feeds or television screens. We may watch them, we may not. But one person who never has a choice is Sweetland. Every day, she or her assistant must review the raw video footage and written log notes sent in by her investigators via postal mail or email. She then selects video clips and notes that she thinks HSUS could build a[n animal abuse] legal case around and forwards them to lawyers and senior staff at HSUS’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.

It’s an informative read, so check out the full post at Grist or Humaneitarian.

For more, check out my post earlier this year for a great piece of video journalism on the same subject from a food reporting project at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

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