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Apparently, drones aren’t just for taking out terrorists and spying on citizens any more. An animal rights group says it will launch a remotely-piloted helicopter to videotape the unspeakable horrors of a South Carolina pigeon shoot.

From this story in the (Orangeburg, SC) Times and Democrat:

Live pigeon shoots scheduled this week at a private plantation near Ehrhardt are ruffling the feathers of two animal rights groups. Press releases put out by SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness) and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) say the Broxton Bridge Plantation event, scheduled for Feb. 9-12, should be halted. They have called upon Gov. Nikki Haley and both the Colleton and Bamberg County sheriff’s departments to intervene to stop it. Steve Hindi, president of SHARK, said investigators from his agency will be videotaping what he called the “cruel and inhumane live pigeon shoot.”
“In what we believe is unprecedented in South Carolina, SHARK will be launching a remote-controlled aircraft, what we call an’Angel,’ to legally videotape the massive cruelty that will unfold,” SHARK’s press release states. Hindi says in the release that “pigeon shoots are incredibly cruel, violent and vile. It is our intention to expose the Broxton Bridge shoot, and all those who participate in it. Our Angel aircraft will enable us to capture the complete and utter depravity that happens.” The 20th Anniversary Flyer Shoot is an invitation-only event at the privately owned plantation, where a wide variety of hunting and sporting events are held throughout the year._

Hmmm, animal-rights activists, a remote-controlled helicopter, and a bunch of guys with shotguns. Now that’s a combination with some definite potential for the creation of a brand-new shooting sport. Anyone taking bets on how many loads of 7 1/2s it’ll take to send “Angel” crashing to earth?