By Terry Spamer;Gordon Thorburn
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We were scheduled to go back to HQ. If we were to blow the lid on this trade we needed more expeditions and more resources, which, with that sinking feeling, we rather thought we wouldn’t get. I’d been told many times by my bosses that the RSPCA was a welfare organisation, not a conservation one. In my simple way I thought that killing elephants to get their tusks was not helpful to their welfare, but I knew that those whose offices have carpets would not see things from my point of view. We would file our report.
I showed him our business plan, our paperwork, 23 ANIMAL SPY a list of previous successful ventures, and explained that Interfauna was keen to open up some new routes of supply as we could not keep up with demand. We thought that an initial consignment of 30 monkeys, patas, mona and spot-nosed species mixed, would enable us to set up the system and prove it, ready for a regular throughput. This brought instant agreement, which had Ernie almost dancing in ecstasy. To make sure we understood the favours being bestowed on us, Ernie, still mopping his brow every 30 seconds with half an acre of spotted handkerchief, explained again the supreme importance of our man.
Moving along we had it searched again, and again. ‘We should have paid the first guy,’ said Bryn, as we rejoined the check-in queue, listened to the unintelligible announcements, took it in turns to visit the most disgusting toilets ever seen at an airport and congratulated ourselves on our foresight in allowing so much extra time. In fact, we proved overgenerous and ended up with an hour and a half to wait. There didn’t seem to be a bar open so, spotting one of our checkin helpers, I asked where the nearest bar was.
Animal Spy: Animal Welfare Behind Enemy Lines by Terry Spamer;Gordon Thorburn