In a recent People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) press release, the group claims it will soon have new “weapons” at its disposal to watch hunters. According to the release, the group is shopping for one or more drone aircraft with which to monitor “those who are out in the woods with death on their minds.” Farmers take note. The press release also says PETA intends to fly the drones over “factory farms,” popular fishing spots, and other venues where animals, “routinely suffer and die.”
PETA aims to collect video footage of any illegal activity, including drinking while in the possession of a firearm, maiming animals and failing to pursue them; and using spotlights, feed lures, and other hunting tricks that are illegal in some areas but remain common practices among hunters. PETA says it currently has its sights on Australia-based Aerobot and its state-of-the-art remote-controlled CineStar Octocopter.
"The talk is usually about drones being used as killing machines, but PETA drones will be used to save lives," says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk.