The Washington Times - April 16, 2013, 09:51AM

Hunters should look to the skies, but not for canvasback ducks or fair weather. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will soon acquire “impressive new weapons to combat those who gun down deer and doves.”

The animal-rights group plans to invest in airborne drones armed with video cameras, aiming to collect damning video footage of “any illegal activity, including drinking while in the possession of a firearm,” or evidence of maiming animals or use of spotlights and feed lures. On the potential shopping list: a remote-controlled CineStar Octocopter.

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“The talk is usually about drones being used as killing machines, but PETA drones will be used to save lives,” President Ingrid E. Newkirk says.”Slob hunters may need to rethink the idea that they can get away with murder, alone out there in the woods with no one watching.”

She adds, “While hunters disguise themselves as trees and pretend they are ducks, it is only fair to give animals something to fight back with.”

Fishermen are not exempt either. PETA also intends to fly the drones over factory farms, popular fishing spots, and other venues where Ms. Newkirk says”animals routinely suffer and die.”