Animal rights activists aren’t going far enough with drone choice
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals recently announced they are in the market to purchase drones. The model of drone they are eyeing is the Cinestar Octocopter, according to a press release.
The octocopter amounts to a flying, radio-controlled camera mount. According to Cinestar’s website, the drone is capable of 20-minute flight times when carrying a camera weighing 900g, or roughly the weight of fully loaded Nikon camera.
I expected more from PETA. For an organization that protests a 14-year-old boy selling his cow in a raffle by sending the kid vegan-flavored porn, or conducts a “Meat is Murder” campaign by having models lie nude and covered in blood in supermarket butcher-style packaging, I expected something more shocking.
If you want to deter hunters, poachers and factory farmers, a flying webcam isn’t going to cut it. This kind of deterrence requires a real drone. For that, PETA should take a look at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., the developer of the Predator B.
The MQ-9 (the Predator B) is capable of carrying a payload of 1,000 lbs. and flying a 42-hour mission. It also can fire a live Hellfire missile, which the Department of Defense claims has made “100 percent record of hits,” according to Air-Attack website.
Imagine all the animal lives you could save with a drone like that. Picture a couple of ignorant animal-killers in the bush. They're probably drunk and armed with shotguns and high-powered rifles, throwing empty beer cans out of their SUV, poisoning the poor fish in the nearby stream. One of them spots a poor, defenseless, cuddly grizzly bear. He snatches up his disgusting weapon, when suddenly from the sky, a predator drone appears and fires a volley of Hellfire missiles, destroying the hunters and their murder machines.
It would be magnificent. Even after rescuing the animals, the drone would still have the flight time left to fly over slaughterhouses and take out office and housing facilities. No animal killer would be exempt from the drone’s wrath.
The drones cost $4.5 million apiece ; but are well worth the investment. What's a few dollars if it means saving animal lives? PETA must stop being the prey and start being the predator.
Micah Wormley is a professional writing junior.