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PETA wants a drone to 'stalk' and harass hunters

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Brian in Oregon, Apr 8, 2013.

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    PETA wants a drone to

    I call this harassment. They better get a model that's 22-250 proof.

    PETA Plans to Fly Drones That Would 'Stalk Hunters'

    PETA says it's actively shopping for a drone to monitor hunters

    By Jason Koebler

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

    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.

    "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."

    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.
     
  2. CharlieAMA

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    My daughter has 'T' shirt that says 'PETA- People eating tasty animals'. PETA is an organization of liberals, tree huggers, and so forth.
     
  3. Brian in Oregon

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    Rick, finding and punishing poaching should be done by a group that adheres to the law and enforces it (ie game wardens), not a group that is political and outside the law (ie PETA).
     
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    For those that don't know, PETA is a off shoot of ALF, a known terrorist group by the FBI.

    Animal Liberation Front.

    PETA is for the hollyweird elites and just plain ignorant!
     
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    Miss Kate said that if Si found a dog like him..lazy, stinky, mangy, dirty...like Si, they'd have to put him down.

    Bet PETA loved that.

    Gotta love the Robinson's.
     
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    I agree with Rick on this.
     
  7. ljutic73

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    So shoot the #$@#$@ thing down!

    Ron Burr
     
  8. Brian in Oregon

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    The issue is that these aircraft have potential to spook game. That is not only illegal in and of itself here, but it is also harassment of hunters if they chase off game.

    Filming a drunk driver with your cell phone is different from having a aircraft larger than a hawk or eagle come over your hunting area, spooking varmints, coyotes, deer or other animals into flight.

    The difference is unobtrusive vs intrusive.

    The traditional method that the game wardens here (state police) prefer be used is to unobtrusively observe, with binoculars if need be, then report to the police what you saw. They do not want hunters to be harassed nor confrontations with armed poachers.
     
  9. BigBadBob

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    In Missouri it is illegal to harass legal hunters.

    It is also illegal to harass game animals. In fact even if you have filled your deer or turkey tag you can not legally participate in a deer drive as a driver or call turkeys to a liscensed hunter. You must be properly liscensed to participate in the hunt whether you are shooting or calling or pushing deer.
     
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    I like the idea of the surveillance, but the fact that the drone can only be airborne for 20 minutes is troubling to me. It is impossible to monitor hunters for compliance in only 20 minutes. Brian has legitimate concerns this time.
     
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    This is just the beginning for the erosion of our privacy rights. Look at Kate at the tit shot from afar.

    Hello Big Brother and goodbye personal freedoms!!!!
     
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    Wouldn't the DNR be able to ticket them if they use them to drive game animals? Even though it would be used for driving the game away from hunters, it is still a flying aircraft used to do so.

    If they fly them over private land they may want to make sure they are not flying within the legal land right airspace.
     
  13. darr

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    This scheme.operationally speaking, will not work very well.What it will do is garner publicity.


    Darr
     
  14. BigBadBob

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    7-1/2s or 8's?
     
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    Do as I say, not as I do...

    http://www.petakillsanimals.com/
     
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    I just knew there was a reason i bought a flat of 00 buckshot when I saw it on sale

    I wonder if there is a place I can send my addy so they will film me?

    And I can have some fun
     
  17. Stl Flyn

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    After you shoot it down, you should hold it up like it is a trophy, and take pictures. That would really piss them off. Add some dripping blood off of the drone. Big smile on your face.
     
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    548: "I like the idea of the surveillance, but the fact that the drone can only be airborne for 20 minutes is troubling to me. It is impossible to monitor hunters for compliance in only 20 minutes."

    I guess you dont care about personal freedoms. Hunters have the right to enjoy their sport with out some one following their every move. Or ruining a hunt they have saved and planned for. In the case of a sheep hunt 20 plus years can be involved and a great deal of money invested.Some sheep hunts are bought on a auction block for extreme amounts of money. This money is then used to help save and rebuild sheep herds. So when has harrasment become legal or moral. Your comments elude that hunters as a whole are dishonest and need constant monitoring. Maybe a camera should be put in your home to make sure you dont break any laws. But I bet we would find out what you are doing to yourself to come up with all of your screwed up ideas.
     
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    Here's the link to the other ARF (Animal Rights Fanatics) drone that got shot down.
     
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    Gut and skin it, then mount it, with a nice plaque on the wall.
     
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