People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said on Monday that it might purchase a drone that would be used to film illegal hunting and to provide data to law enforcement.
PETA said it soon would have “some impressive new weapons at its disposal to combat those who gun down deer and doves,” adding that it was “shopping for one or more drone aircraft with which to monitor those who are out in the woods with death on their minds.”
The drones would not be weaponized, U.S. News & World Report says
, but they would be used to film potentially illegal hunting activity and provide it to police.
“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 published by U.S. News.
The CineStar Octocopter drone, capable of carrying a DSLR camera, is being considered for purchase by the organization, U.S. News reports. The drone could be flown over factory farms, fishing spots, and “other venues where animals routinely suffer and die,” PETA said.
The organization, based in Norfolk, Va., would need FAA approval to legally operate a drone.
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