http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/06/11/sea-shepherd-launches-high-tech-hunt-nordic-whale-hunters?cmpid=tpanimals-eml-2014-06-14-dronesIn recent years, the annual dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan, have garnered headlines worldwide and sparked outrage among activists, scientists, celebrities, and diplomats. But half a world away, in the North Atlantic nation of the Faeroe Islands, a similar slaughter has received far less scrutiny.
That’s about to change. On Friday, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
USA will unveil details of a new hi-tech initiative aimed at disrupting
and halting the whale hunts, which begin this month and continue through
The annual hunts are known as “grinds.” As part of “Operation
GrindStop 2014,” a land-based campaign, Sea Shepherd USA will deploy
drones and livestream video to hinder the slaughter. Other Sea Shepherd
organizations will launch simultaneous water-based campaigns.
Why the drones? They are “primarily for surveillance and
documentation,” Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson said in an email. “They
are inexpensive and easy to operate, and they can get us into places we
could not otherwise get to.”