Why do workers at factory farms inflict such abuse on the animals?
Due to standard practices, such as castration for example, the farm workers are forced to inflict pain and cause suffering on the animals. Having to do these practices all day long, over time, warps the worker's minds, and they get very desensitized. When cutting into the flesh of an animal and ripping out a body part, all without anesthesia, is not only legal but also your job description, suddenly punching and kicking does not seem so bad.
Also, due to the speed required at these farms, the workers are forced to cut corners and act in ways that ensure their jobs get done in the right amount of time. These means that if they need to hit an animal to make them move faster, they will, because they rely on that paycheck.
How does ag-gag legislation affect your investigations?
I feel that ag-gag laws are being passed due to the relationships between politicians and local farmers - and the lobbying interests of those farmers. These laws are a clear infringement on our First Amendment rights.
They have a large impact on our investigations. We follow all of the state and federal laws, so when a state passes an ag-gag law, we have to stay out of that state. Once the law gets overturned, which they eventually will, we will happily go back.