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Aeiral Drones Join the Fight Against Factory Farming

Aeiral Drones Join the Fight Against Factory Farming

The fight for freedom of information in the agriculture industry has taken a new twist as journalist and animal rights activist Will Potter’s Kickstarter campaign went viral and reached its target in just five days.

After numerous undercover investigations from organizations such as Mercy for Animals unveiled the horrific truth about just what goes on inside factory farms, the industry hit back and certain US states have introduced ‘ag-gag’ laws, making it a criminal offense for anyone to film or capture images from inside farms. Will Potter is on a mission to reveal the truth and armed with the funds and support from his Kickstarter campaign, he intends to use aerial drone photography to lawfully document factory farms from a completely different perspective.

What Are Factory Farms Trying to Hide?

With mounting pressure to introduce and implement ag-gag laws, it’s obvious that factory farms want to keep consumers in the dark about what’s really going on behind closed doors.

More and more states are considering them, and they are spreading globally. Rather than address the abuses which have been highlighted by undercover investigations, the industry has gone on the offensive by creating new laws which make it illegal to show the truth about what happens to animals raised for meat, eggs and dairy.

In some cases the punishment for those caught exposing animal cruelty is worse than those actually found guilty of the animal abuse, which shows the lengths the industry is willing to go to to hide their operations.

Consumers are becoming more conscious about where their food comes from and the farming industry knows only too well that when images of animal abuse are released, their profits are likely to suffer.

With so much money at stake, the big players in the agriculture industry have put pressure on the government to protect their image and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for activists to reveal the truth. This is why Will Potter’s new aerial drone initiative is a truly riveting concept and the potential for what he might uncover could prove to be a game changer where animals are concerned.

What Can Drone Photography Help Us Uncover?

Potter became interested in the idea of using aerial photography to gain an insight into factory farming after seeing the satellite photography project carried out by Miska Henner which documented the extent of factory farming pollution with a series of striking images taken from space. The famous images showed the extent of the water pollution, blood pooling and pesticide runoff in and around huge feedlots, and this gave us brand new perspective on the industry.

We are not yet sure exactly what the aerial drones will be able to uncover about factory farms, but Potter is hopeful that it will shed a new light on the issue and will give us a new tool by which we can legally showcase the truth to the public. He is hoping that the drones will give us a much closer aerial view of the farms than the satellite images, and if the second stage of the Kickstarter campaign is successful then they will even be able to capture thermal and night vision images as well.

It’s not just animal lovers that have gotten behind Potter’s drone initiative. Environmentalists and members of the public that don’t like the thought of being lied to are also on board with this exciting new investigative journalism and it’s not hard to understand why.

Now we just have to wait and see what the drones uncover…

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8:50PM PDT on Aug 12, 2014

Great! Nothing better to surveil the ill-gotten gains of corporate farming!

11:12AM PDT on Jul 8, 2014

Keep those drones coming. Also, remember not to elect anyone who does not set a standard of what is the good and right thing to do.. When any elected officials go along with gag laws, you better believe they are being compensated. Elected officials are
obligated to set examples of ethics. Anyone who can stand up at a podium and tell me I have no right to speak out against the untold cruelties of mankind, needs to step aside. We do not need those kind of representatives

6:58PM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

I think this is the only use of drones that I would agree with. Most of the other uses seem to be abuses. This one is necessary.

9:36AM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

This is awesome! Whatever it helps to end the horrible, barbaric factory farms!

12:48PM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

Thank goodness for the" Will's" of this world. I will support anyone who is for the greater good.. It is so difficult to believe that wrong is right and right is wrong in today's judicial system . The large slaughterhouse businesses have obligations in regards to animal welfare. They think they can treat these animals ,who feel pain as humans feel pain...any way they so desire. Who would support any elected official's plea for these gag laws to be enforced.?? It is our god given right as Americans to report cruelty of any nature. Keep the stories and the drones coming. This is one of our rights and big businesses, with all of their money, should not be allowed to destroy it.

3:15PM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

Well drones will take farming's future skyward. Technology have the potential to revolutionise farming practices... eg. the sensor can let a producer know where there has been damage in a crop by wild animals or other factors, which otherwise wouldn't be visible at a ground level. I'm really looking forward to use drones to gathering data and farm equipment in order to calculate the most suitable amount of fertilizers before their application like they wrote here http://blog.pulawy.com/ It's a new way of farming... more efficent.

3:14PM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

Well drones will take farming's future skyward. Technology have the potential to revolutionise farming practices... eg. the sensor can let a producer know where there has been damage in a crop by wild animals or other factors, which otherwise wouldn't be visible at a ground level. I'm really looking forward to use drones to gathering data and farm equipment in order to calculate the most suitable amount of fertilizers before their application like they wrote here http://blog.pulawy.com/en/dron... It's a new way of farming... more efficent.

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2:10PM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

Can anyone believe that these ag-gag laws have passed in some states? The public is well aware that these laws are intended to hide multiple abuses of animals!! The politicians who passed these bills ought to be sent out of town on a rail, never to be heard from again! Sure looks like payback time, and what a tragedy to see this greed and cover-up happening in our country! So disgusting and sad!!!

7:27AM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

Go Will Potter! I truly hope this is a success. These animals need people like you to uncover the unnecessary abuses that often take place on factory farms. Now we just need more representatives in public offices that truly care more about animal welfare than money, so these ag gag laws will be stopped in their tracks.

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