IT was announced recently that Animal Liberation NSW have purchased a hexacopter drone fitted with a surveillance camera to spy on the treatment of farm animals on properties across Australia in a bid to find evidence of animal mistreatment and or abuse.
That this gross invasion of privacy of livestock producers was allowed in the first place reflects the ridiculous amounts of power activist groups’ possess at present.
But that just seems to be the way of things, while more and more restrictions and laws get meted out to producers, the activist groups seem to get more and more leeway.
A spokesman for the group that purchased the drone stated that as long as the drone is 10 metres off the ground it would not count as trespassing or go against privacy laws.
Even if that is the case it’s not their right to play the role of law enforcement officer, this is not a matter which should have even been considered.
Would they like it if graziers brought their own drone and spied on their everyday activities?
But according to Animal Liberation NSW they “totally respect privacy. We're not interested in what farmers are doing in their private lives . . . It is about what may or may not be happening to animals.
I don’t know but one would think that respecting the boundaries of private PROPERTY would be inclusive in not encroaching on a person’s private life.
And after watching several videos of the six-bladed hexacopter drone in action which appear almost identical to the one the group has purchased it would be safe to assume that even at heights above 10 metres it would very likely cause distress and quite possibly injury amongst livestock as the sound they emit is like the equivalent of putting a hair dryer directly into one’s eardrum.
The irony of this of course is that the activist group could in fact be the ones that cause the harm and suffering to these animals that they are trying to prove exists in the first place.
Let the police investigate animal cruelty, it’s not up to citizen sleuths; if only George Orwell could see us now.
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