Animal rights groups won’t be allowed to target hunters by air if Illinois’ governor signs off on a piece of legislation.
Rep. Mike Bost of Murphysboro says some animal rights groups in other states have used drones to interfere with hunting.
Flying unmanned aircraft over Illinois hunting grounds may soon be a crime if the intent is to harass and disrupt hunting. The Illinois House and Senate both approved a bill banning such practices.
“There are anti-hunters, whether it’s the PETA’s group or whatever, and they use kind of unique ways to stop and disrupt hunting,” said Bost. “It’s everything, deer hunting, goose hunting, duck hunting. They use these drones to interfere with that, and this basically makes that illegal.”
PETA Spokeswoman Alicia Woempner says new law won’t necessarily halt drone flights planned to monitor hunters.