Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur / Unbound Project
Member of the Art of Compassion Project
Originally from a small, farming community, I connected with farmed animals at an early age.
I've been an animal cruelty investigator for over a decade, working as the Canadian Head of Investigations for international animal advocacy organization Animals' Angels, Canadian-based organizations Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Farmed Animals and the Canadian Horse Defense Coalition, and most recently as the Director of Investigations for Mercy For Animals Canada where I oversaw the completion and release of seven undercover investigations.
I've been fortunate to have a good working relationship with the media who have helped provide exposure of the horrors inherent in animal agriculture through investigative reports and documentaries, including No Country for Animals (Global National), Bêtes à bord (CBC Radio-Canada), No Country for Horses (CBC National), Food for Thought (CTV W5), Cruel Business (CTV W5), Behind the Barn Door (CTV W5) and These Little Piggies (CTV W5).
Investigations I've conducted or overseen have led to the closure of facilities, animal cruelty charges and convictions, government-commissioned research, rescues of abused and neglected farmed animals, and opening the hearts and minds of many to the power of their food choices to create a kinder world.
I've been lucky to share my life with a number of farmed animals, including Wilbur, the pig I scooped up off the highway after a trailer accident, Tara and Avalo, horses who were destined for slaughter, Marlene and Natalie, unsold chicks about to be stomped at a livestock auction, and Sophie and Katie, two injured and traumatized turkeys who escaped the catchers hired to load them for slaughter.