[Video] PETA Launches Aerial Drones to Harass Hunters
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has launched a new drone program called “Air Angels”.
The program provides unmanned aerial drones to anyone who wants to use them to monitor (aka harass) hunters.
According to Mashable,
If watchers witness any illegal or cruel hunting practices, they can call the authorities and contact PETA to get the footage shared online, PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt told Mashable. This can also help raise awareness about the cruelty of hunting, she said.
Rajt added that by using the hobby drone, activists could find out which Massachusetts hunters jumped the gun on their Monday morning expedition, which could not start until “one-half hour before sunrise,” according to state regulations. The drone users reported this alleged offense to the local authorities.
The program is starting off in Massachusetts, however the state of Massachusetts has laws protecting hunters from harassment while legally taking fish and game. Other states have similar laws. It seems pretty clear to us that these drones, which seem to make plenty of noise and invade the airspace of private property are a form of harassment.
Hunting is already strongly regulated in the United States with hunters required to take safety courses, acquire permits (sometimes multiple permits are required depending on the game), and submit to random checks by game wardens while in the field.
The drones are available for anyone to purchase and use for $325 on the group’s website. They describe the proposed use of the drones as the following,
Using your hobby drone, you can collect instant to-your-phone video footage of hunters engaging in illegal activity, such as drinking while in possession of a firearm, injuring animals and failing to pursue them, and illegally using spotlights, feed lures, and other nasty but common hunting tricks. Your amateur footage can be used to alert game wardens and other authorities to who is doing what to animals.