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Illinois Law Grounds PETA Drones Meant To Harass Hunters 370

Posted by samzenpus
from the air-scare dept.
schwit1 writes "Illinois passed a new state law that set back the efforts of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), making the use of drones to interfere with hunters and fishermen prohibited. The law was created in response to PETA's plan to employ drones called "air angels" to monitor outdoors enthusiasts engaged in hunting and fishing nationwide."
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Illinois Law Grounds PETA Drones Meant To Harass Hunters

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  • Re:Land of the Free! (Score:5, Informative)

    by LWATCDR (28044) on Thursday January 02, 2014 @09:44AM (#45844917) Homepage Journal

    Wow that is the most confused reply I think I have ever seen.
    "Strange - people fishing should be "free" to fish unmonitored... ...people hunting should be "free" to hunt unmonitored... ...people on the Internet should be "free" to be monitored at will...

    To me that sounds like future terrorist plots could best be discussed on a hunting trip, because you have the gun lobby ensuring that you'll be undisturbed..."

    First so do you think that people should be allowed to take part in totally legal activity without out harassment? If so what does the monitoring of internet meta data have to do with anything?
    Second do you understand that these drones are often flown over private property without consent? Yes aircraft can fly over private property but they must do so at a safe altitude which is 1000 feet from any obstacle within 2000 ft of the aircraft. In none congested areas it is down to 500 ft of altitude and no closer than 500 ft from any person, vehicle or obstacle. So you can fly any lower than a 50 story building.
    The rules for flying a radio controlled aircraft have been around for at least 50 years and those are. The big rules are you must be in VISUAL contact with the aircraft at all times and you do not fly over people. You also do not fly over private property without permission.
    So PETA was already breaking safety regulations with these operations and should be stopped before they hurt someone. BTW I do not fish, hunt, or have a gun. I do fly RC aircraft.

  • Re:clearly... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Wootery (1087023) on Thursday January 02, 2014 @10:45AM (#45845449)

    Also the way they put down huge numbers of animals [google.com], which on its own might be defensible, but then kinda-sorta argue that there's a moral equivalence between humans and animals [peta.org].

  • by DroneWhatever (3482785) on Thursday January 02, 2014 @10:50AM (#45845495)
    I fly quad-copters as a hobby. The drone they are selling for $324 is the Parrot Drone AR 2.0. They are basically ripping off their own members, badly, and that drone is the suck anyway. People are going to buy this thing, thinking it will be easy to fly, the video and stills will be garbage. They will never be able to get close enough (165ft range) to the hunters or fishermen to actually use the drone without interfering, and the video will not even be close to good enough to distinguish a beer in someones hand. They would need something like a DJI Phantom2 or the Blade 350qx to even begin to get in the territory of monitoring anything. The blade is over $500 with tax, the DJI is over $1000. Anyone that flies heli's or quads for more than a week knows this is a ROF Laughable joke from the start.
  • Re:clearly... (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 02, 2014 @10:55AM (#45845547)

    I can. There was a faction of them at my college. Mostly privileged folks with a guilt trip so they flew around the world, crashing through Nicaragua and the Florida Keys and other places they could YOLO about telling the natives not to hunt squirrels. I'm exaggerating only slightly. Mostly they're just idiots. My most recent encounter with them was they're protest over a python hunt in Florida. Pythons are an invasive species in Florida and they're devastating the local environment. Doesn't stop a bunch of the PETA idiots from protesting how they're killed (decapitation, which is the most humane way to kill them).

  • by Quila (201335) on Thursday January 02, 2014 @12:25PM (#45846487)

    PETA has a long history of hunter harrassment with the purpose of preventing them from legally taking game. There is no reason to believe they only want to use drones to document violations of existing game laws, which are already usually well-enforced with draconian punishments.

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