Fishermen, especially tournament fishermen, you are next.
But first People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants to “stalk hunters” with drones, according to usnews.com.
The animal rights group says it will "soon have some impressive new weapons at its disposal to combat those who gun down deer and doves" and that it is "shopping for one or more drone aircraft with which to monitor those who are out in the woods with death on their minds."
But, at least here’s a little something to be thankful for:
PETA says it will not weaponize the drones. Instead, it will use them to film potentially illegal hunting activity and turn it over to law enforcement.
"The talk is usually about drones being used as killing machines, but PETA drones will be used to save lives," PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk said in a statement.
U.S. News reports the group is considering purchase of the CineStar Octocopter, which is capable of carrying a DSLR camera for up to 5 minutes. With smaller cameras, the drone can fly for about 20 minutes.
The group says it also hopes to fly drones over fishing holes, factory farms, and "other venues where animals routinely suffer and die."
See? I told you that anglers are next.
I’d suggest wearing foil fishing caps to reflect sunlight into the cameras and protect your identity as you go about your bloody business on the water.
To legally operate the drone, PETA will likely need a certificate of authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration, a process which can take several months.
Kaitlynn Kelly, a representative for PETA, told U.S. News that it will soon seek FAA approval but that it "hopes this won't be an issue," and that it plans to have permission to fly beginning in the fall.
"We're not releasing the locations that we have in mind, but we will look into the Northeast, bighorn sheep hunts, and bowhunts because those are especially cruel," she said.
U.S. News cautions that PETA may want to carefully monitor its drone. Last year, an animal rights group drone was shot down while it was attempting to monitor pigeon hunters in South Carolina.
For anglers, how about this: A trolling motor that quickly converts to a 50-caliber machine gun?
Seriously, these animal-rights zealots cross the line between sanity and insanity regarding tactics as frequently as the sun rises and sets. But --- and this is important --- they are relentless.
Mock them? Certainly. But don’t ignore them and pretend they don’t exist. They pose a serious threat to your right to fish and hunt, and as we become a more urbanized society --- with more and more people farther removed from nature --- they will become even more so.