And so, the surface-to-air war between ground dwellers and unmanned aerial drones has begun. This incident occurred, as an animal rights group was hoping to snoop on a hunting club. The result was a well-placed shot, bringing down the drone they call ‘Angel’. The Angel, has fallen to earth with a gaping hole, put there by a lead gift from the ground. This isn’t the first time the Pennsylvanian, Berks County Hunting Club, has been under surveillance from the group, SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK). The NBC Philadelphia affiliate reports:
SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) are in the midst of a campaign against the Wing Pointe commercial hunting grounds in Hamburg, Berks County and its live pigeon shoots in which the birds are shot down. SHARK began to use an “Octocopter,” a remote controlled flying machine with a high tech video camera, to secretly record the pigeon shoots as they happen.
“The pigeon shooters are basically going into hiding,” said Steve Hindi, president of SHARK. “So they’re using a ring that’s up a hill and completely surrounded by trees. So the only way you can get to it is through the air.”
Here is SHARK’s account of how the Angel met its doom:
SHARK claimed “a single sharp rifle crack rang out,” in a press release sent out on Monday. The group says the camera’s video feed was terminated and the drone went out of control before it was manually brought down. The gunshot caused around $4,000 in damage to the camera, according to SHARK.
While SHARK claims that pigeon shoots are illegal, so is taping individuals without his or her consent …not to mention, it’s quite rude.