DRONE HUNTING THE NEW AMERICAN PAST-TIME PETA Plans to Fly Drones That Would ‘Stalk Hunters’ PETA says it’s actively shopping for a drone to monitor hunters Get Ready To Drone-Proof Your House

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is actively shopping for a drone that would “stalk hunters,” the organization said Monday.

[READ: Drones to Monitor Endangered Animals in Africa]

The group says it will “soon have some impressive new weapons at its disposal to combat those who gun down deer and doves” and that it is “shopping for one or more drone aircraft with which to monitor those who are out in the woods with death on their minds.”

The group says it will not weaponize the drones, but will use them to film potentially illegal hunting activity and turn it over to law enforcement.

[PHOTOS: The Expansion of the Drone]

Matt Keennon, program director at AeroVironment, demonstrates the Nano Hummingbird at the company's facility in Simi Valley, Calif. With a 6.5-inch wingspan, the remote-controlled drone weighs less than an AA battery and can fly at speeds of up to 11 mph.

“The talk is usually about drones being used as killing machines, but PETA drones will be used to save lives,” PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk said in a statement.

They are currently considering purchasing the CineStar Octocopter, which is capable of carrying a DSLR camera for up to 5 minutes. With smaller cameras, the drone can fly for about 20 minutes. The group says it also hopes to fly drones over factory farms, fishing spots and “other venues where animals routinely suffer and die.”

[READ: Drone Wars in America]

In order to legally operate the drone, it will likely need a certificate of authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration, a process which can take several months.

Kaitlynn Kelly, a representative for PETA, tells U.S. News that they will soon seek FAA approval but that they “hope this won’t be an issue,” and that they plan to have permission to fly beginning in the fall.

“We’re not releasing the locations that we have in mind, but we will look into the Northeast, bighorn sheep hunts and bowhunts because those are especially cruel,” she says.

The group may want to carefully monitor its drone—last year, an animal rights group drone was shot down while it was attempting to monitor pigeon hunters in South Carolina.

Get Ready To Drone-Proof Your House

Tim Faucett, who owns APlus Mobile which makes mobile computer units that manage robots and unmanned aircraft vehicles for the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin, believes we’ll need to protect ourselves from drones, and not just the ones being piloted by the military and government.

“There are going to be private drones, there’s going to be commercial drones,” he told Co.Exist’s Zak Stone. “Everybody’s going to have access to a drone. And people are going to have good intentions with them, and people are going to have bad intentions with them.”

Don’t think Faucett is some kind paranoid conspiracy theorist — his claims are credible. Drones are being employed domestically for surveillance and law enforcement.

However, Faucett thinks we should be concerned about those with “bad intentions.” That’s why his startup Domestic Drone Countermeasures recently filed the first of nine patents for,as Stone put it, “a system that will detect and disable drones before they have the chance to film their targets.”

Faucett was hesitant to reveal too many details about the system, but he did say it would be able to identify UAVs by their electromagnetic signature, alert the system owner and “neutralize the drone’s capability to see you with its camera.”

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13 thoughts on “DRONE HUNTING THE NEW AMERICAN PAST-TIME PETA Plans to Fly Drones That Would ‘Stalk Hunters’ PETA says it’s actively shopping for a drone to monitor hunters Get Ready To Drone-Proof Your House

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  2. Will PETA use the drone to ensure the safety of dogs and cats “cared”for by their organization?

    • Great comment! The leaders of PETA that allowed cats and dogs to be dumped in bags in dumpsters should be hunted by drones!

      • its a bullshit lying commie front group, they were caught in North Carolina slaughtering dogs and were sent to jail for their crimes, so anything this commie front group states is all lies and hypocrisy, the group should be shut down when the time is right.

  3. EVERY YEAR,at my house in cottonwood,we had a contest to see who could take down grasshoppers on the bushes behind my house,1 prize a case of beer,even the local police would show up to try to win the case of beer,it was really a lot of fun,BUT I think this drone thing is going to be even more fun then the grasshoppers were……………….

  4. REMOTE CONTROL MODEL AIRPLANES,boy were they fun, but I see a whole new sport coming up,remote control missels able to hit drones flying to high for rifles to hit,with a camera mounted on the nose and able to reach high enough to hit a passing drone………..oh I bet peta won’t like this…………….

  5. The airspace over my property is a drone no fly zone. Therefore any Peta drone flying over my property will be immediately shot down…

  6. Maybe we will drone you Peta, you sick bastard of a commie orginazation. Watch out what you beging it will come back to haunt you, and dont forget you have been caught many times killing dogs in North Carolina, so you talk is all bull crap and lies, the moment you send up a drone we will drone you.

  7. Perfect way to bankrupt the animal f*ckers. Start a surveillance network to spread info WHEN AND WHERE the PETA drones are operating AND SHOOT THEM DOWN. It’ll be an expensive lesson for those irrational ignorant wackos.

  8. I would enjoy this, it’s more fun killing animals when there is an element of danger. I will be the first person to take out a drone with a knife, but only if I find it to difficult to strangle one to death with my bare hands first. Hey, does anyone know if drones scream when you kill them?

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