At Animals' Angels we're grateful for the volunteers who help us with our investigations. One such volunteer was kind enough to share her first experience with AA and in turn we wanted to share it here with all of you. Below is an investigation from a volunteer's eyes.
My first encounter with Sonja Meadows, President of Animals' Angels, was over a downed Holstein cow at New Holland Sales Stables in 2007. She asked me where she could get water for the cow lying on the concrete in the hot sun. Sonja doesn't sit in a plushy office directing her employees.
When Sonja asked me to join her trailing killbuyer Bruce Rotz's trucks loaded with slaughter bound horses in January 2014, I hesitated. My workload was weighing on me and I did not relish travelling to Canada in the middle of a brutal winter. Sonja's response, "Then I'll have to go alone," changed my mind. I was off to trail a truck of horses to their brutal end in a Canadian horse slaughter plant.
As I prepared for the trip, Sonja advised to be sure and pack insulated coveralls and snow boots with traction in preparedness for the possibility of having to trek a distance to get a good view of the slaughter plants, and possibly for lying in the snow as we documented what we might be able to observe from a distance. This is one aspect I had not even considered and that's when I realized just how difficult and dangerous these investigations truly are.