An Illinois-based animal-advocacy group called SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness) recently planned to disrupt a South Carolina pigeon shoot by using a remote-controlled drone copter to film the pointless and cruel event.
SHARK President Steve Hindi told The Times and Democrat that he and his group were just about to launch the Mikrokopter when a lawyer and the police tried to stop them. The police claimed to represent the privately owned plantation where the shoot was set to take place.
"It didn't work; what SHARK was doing was perfectly legal," Hindi said in a news release. "Once they knew nothing was going to stop us, the shooting stopped and the cars lined up to leave."
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SHARK decided to send the drone up anyway.
"Seconds after it hit the air, numerous shots rang out," Hindi said. "As an act of revenge for us shutting down the pigeon slaughter, they shot down our copter."
Hindi claims that the shooters hid in trees and "fled the scene on small motorized vehicles."
Once shot, the helicopter came to rest on the side of the highway. Hindi estimates that the helicopter suffered about $300 worth of damage. He plans to press charges and is undaunted by the attack. "We're already making plans for a considerable upscaled action in 2013," said Hindi.
But upscaled doesn't mean physically harmful. According to SHARK's website, the group doesn't condone violence in the name of animal rights: "We consider those who commit terrorism in the name of animal protection to be among the greatest threats to future gains for nonhumans."
SHARK's number one tool against animal abuse is documentation. Using hidden, long-range and night-vision video, this spirited, dedicated group exposes animal abuse and disseminates their footage to media, lawmakers, and other advocacy groups.
One of SHARK's biggest campaigns is fighting rodeo abuse. If you'd like to get involved by helping SHARK document rodeo cruelty, click here.
You can donate to SHARK here.
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