Employing people with the proper attitude toward cattle can go a long way in preventing animal mistreatment, which has unfortunately become a prime target of undercover video.

“Begin by looking at your hiring practices,” says Candace Croney, associate professor and animal behavior and well-being expert at Purdue University.

When interviewing candidates, pay attention to how they talk about, think about and interact with animals.

“If people dislike animals or are indifferent toward them, they are much more likely to demonstrate behaviors to animals that are inappropriate, unethical and literally counterproductive,” Croney says in a recent issue of the Indiana Dairy Producers E-Newsletter.