People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants unmanned drones to stop you hunting, or maybe even eating, animals...
Ah, PETA. Often the butt of jokes, often even the focal point of online forums.
And now, I can't even tell if the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals group is joking about themselves.
You see, they want to acquire drones. What some are calling "ethical drones" - to catch hunters in the act. Or maybe even to stop us getting to McDonalds?
The animal-rights’ group announced on Monday that they’ve approached Australia-based drone manufacturer Aerobot in hopes of acquiring a CineStar Octocopter — an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can be affixed with a camera and used to snoop.
While we're glad they're not following the Saudis in obtaining weapons-level drones, it's beginning to hit home as to how commercial or pressure groups could employ UAVs in every day life. Recently, you saw this article about just how many drones there might be in the skies soon. But hey - if PETA gets one, we're sure the NRA will be able to cobble together a couple of hundred, right?
“With more than five times as many wildlife watchers as there are hunters in the US, we hope to expose further why hunting is a sick and sickening pursuit,” said Alisa Mullins, senior editor of PETA Foundation.
How long until Greenpeace, WWF, Friends of the Earth and the Rainforest Alliances are raining down missles on our heads for failing to recycle, or organising panda fights? Ok, fine. We'll stop the panda fights.
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