American hunters, watch out: The animal rights group PETA says it's going to launch drones to make sure you're abiding by the law, Fast Company reports. "PETA will soon have some impressive new weapons at its disposal to combat those who gun down deer and doves," wrote PETA's Kaitlynn Kelly in an email. She says PETA will buy a few Aerobot Cinestar Octocopters, which are used by filmmakers and can fly for 20 minutes with a small camera on board.
PETA knows how to garner publicity, and can easily announce the drone plan without running afoul of FAA regulations or US line-of-sight laws. But there's some precedent for hunter-watching drones, which were flown by activists in Africa and North Carolina last year. And PETA did provide details, saying it will fly the drones to catch hunters who drink while using a firearm, maim animals for kicks, and break other hunting laws. "Slob hunters may need to rethink the idea that they can get away with murder," says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk.