Mike Wolf spent four years as an undercover investigator in factory farms, and was involved with large investigations, including the 2007 effort against a Smithfield pig producer that led to 22 criminal charges against six workers.
Now, Wolf serves as the director of investigations for the nonprofit animal advocate group Compassion Over Killing. He's overseen several large initiatives, including investigations of Pilgrim's Pride and Central Valley Meat, a beef supplier for the federal school lunch program. [Warning: links contain graphic content.] He's also a vegan powerlifter.
On Wednesday, Wolf held a Reddit AMA to discuss his time undercover and his fitness regime. Here are 10 of his best answers.
What were the most shocking conditions you witnessed during your undercover investigations?
It is so hard to compare one terrible thing to another and say which one is worse when they both cause such suffering to the individual who it was inflicted on. In my eyes, though, the hardest thing for me to see was the pig castration. When someone takes a blade and tears open the flesh of a pig's scrotum [without anesthesia], and rips out their testicles, there is something deep inside you that screams at how wrong that is.