Drones, and their uses in peace and war, have been getting more and more attention in the last weeks. Everyone but me seems to have an opinion on the topic, and I have a feeling drones are going to encourage more and more outrage. Use by the United States military is getting plenty of criticism, and civilian applications promise to get at least as troublesome. At some point, we’ll all have to weigh in with a viewpoint. Until then, I’m entertained by the story of SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness) and their hunter fighting drones.
The organization has used unmanned aircraft to film pigeon hunters in what they consider illegal and inhumane private hunts on private land. In at least two instances, one in Pennsylvania and one in South Carolina, their $4,000 drones were blasted from the sky. “As an act of revenge for us shutting down the pigeon slaughter, they shot down our copter,” said SHARK spokesman, Steve Hindi. “The thugs shot across a public highway which- like criminal damage to property- is illegal.”
“Send more drones, we need the practice,” one hunter commented.
I don’t really know how I feel about this, but the irony is too good to ignore.