In the latest twist regarding civilian use of drone technology, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, an animal rights organization that has championed the creation of undercover videos on meat processing plants and ranches, is considering using commercial drones to monitor hunters and farmers and to watch for animal abuse.
PETA, like many other animal rights organizations, has never shied away from controversy. Despite resistance in several agricultural states, PETA has used undercover investigations, petition drives, and other confrontational tactics to highlight animal rights concerns.
With recent announcements from farm advocacy groups that farmers are considering the domestic use of drone technology, PETA has jumped on the bandwagon, pledging to use drones to enforce hunting regulations and to monitor factory farms.
Current US laws allow individuals to use remote controlled aircraft, as long as they remain under 400 feet, within line of sight, and out of range of airports and air traffic.
In response, some gun rights organizations have promised to shoot PETA drones whenever they encounter them, but this does not appear to be deterring animal rights activists.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer