The Drone Show: Using Drone Technology to Advocate for Animals

October 2, 2015
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October 2nd is World Day for Farmed Animals. To start this show, we discuss this special day which is dedicated to exposing the needless suffering and death of sentient animals raised and killed for food. This day is organized by FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement), and with is comes the campaign the Fast Against Slaughter. Thousands around the world will partake in a day-long fast in solidarity with farmed animals on October 2nd.

Steve Hindi, SHARK (Showing Animals Respects and Kindness) on Angels for the Animals

For our first interview, we have Steve Hindi on the show. As the founder of SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness), Steve’s organization, based in the U.S., has been documenting and exposing pigeon shoots, rodeos, hunting, bullfights, government deer kills and other forms of animal abuse since 1993.

Steve’s number one tool is video footage using hidden video, long range video, and even video cameras that see in the dark. SHARK’s latest innovation to help the animals is by use of drones that they call their “Angels”. These remote controlled aircrafts are equipped with video cameras to document and expose the animal cruelty that would otherwise be hidden from the public.

In this interview, he speaks to us about his use of drone technology and how it can help animals, the kinds of animal abuses his Angels have uncovered, and some of the political (and destructive) consequences he has experienced as a result of using drones to capture footage that is otherwise hidden to the general public.

Just a few weeks ago, one of SHARK’s Angels was shot down while flying over a pigeon shoot political fundraiser in Oklahoma. Here is the video of this event:

Mark Devries, The Factory Farm Drone Project

For our second interview, we have Mark Devries on the show. You may best know Mark as being the filmmaker of the documentary “Speciesism: The Movie,” released in 2013. But since 2012, he has been secretly using spy drones to investigate and expose the environmental devastation caused by factory farms.

In a video investigation that was released last December for public viewing, the drones captured shocking aerial video footage of several massive facilities that supply pigs for Smithfield Foods in the U.S. In this interview, he speaks about his discoveries and usage of drone technology to expose what he calls “the most bizarre and disturbing environmental phenomena that have been kept hidden from the public”.

Here is the 4 minute Factory Farm Drone Project video investigation, which has received over 4 million hits on Youtube and 15 million visits on Facebook since it was made public 9 months ago:

 

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