Cruelty to Animals Investigator

Position Objective:

To use a variety of research and investigative methods to conduct field investigations in PETA India’s focus areas, including the use of animals for experimentation, food, clothing, entertainment, and labour and the “pet” trade, as well as investigations into the environmental and human health hazards related to these issues

Reports To:

Manager of Investigations


Delhi or Mumbai

Term of Employment:


Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Conduct assigned short- and long-term investigations – including covert investigations – from beginning to end, including the following duties:
  • Conduct desk research on animal protection laws and issues including by analysing technical papers, watching videos, and employing any number of means in order to prepare thoroughly for investigations and create a comprehensive checklist
  • Travel to and stay on location for various assignments for as long as necessary (including for several weeks or months at a time, if required)
  • Use various methods to visit industries that use animals
  • Obtain, inspect, and keep copies of relevant documents and paperwork from government offices, businesses, and industries during investigations, as required
  • Develop and work with trusted contacts during investigations and ensure that confidentiality is maintained at all times
  • Submit detailed daily log notes in an orderly fashion
  • Use photography and videography to document the conditions and use of animals as well as illegal, cruel, and improper conduct
  • Strictly adhere to department standard operating procedures (SOP) to ensure legal compliance and that materials can be submitted to the police and courts where required
  • Log photos, videos, and other documentation carefully and meticulously on a daily basis per SOP
  • View and transcribe videos and select scenes for use in video edits
  • Work with in-house counsels to assess evidence for violations of laws
  • Work with experts, as required, to assess investigation findings
  • Prepare detailed reports of findings, with a clear narrative
  • Perform a variety of tasks to prepare for the public release of investigation findings
  • Cooperate fully in police and court proceedings that result from investigations, as needed
  • Behave legally and professionally and bring issues of concern immediately to the supervisor’s attention
  • Where it may be necessary to have a trusted volunteer or contractor do the investigation for PETA India because of their credentials, language skills, or other reason, recruit and work closely with that person(s), ensuring professionalism and thoroughness in their work and that confidentiality is maintained
  • Maintain strict confidentiality at all times
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor


  • Investigative journalism or other appropriate experience in a related field or relevant experience preferred
  • Basic veterinary knowledge or experience a plus
  • Experience as an Honorary Animal Welfare Representative, as recognised by the Animal Welfare Board of India, a plus
  • Experience and confidence with audio-visual equipment
  • Thorough knowledge of animal protection laws
  • Thorough knowledge of animal rights issues and PETA India campaigns
  • Fluency in English and Hindi
  • Fluency in other Indian languages a plus
  • Proven ability to conduct in-depth research using a variety of means
  • Proven exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Diligent attention to detail and the ability to handle the stress and trauma of witnessing animal abuse
  • Willingness and ability to follow instructions carefully
  • Proven excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to make sound judgements and to work independently in stressful environments
  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and use discretion at all times
  • Willingness and ability to travel and be away from home, including for months at a time, if required
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organisation

How to Apply

To apply for a position with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, please complete this form.