While international media has been dedicated to stopping the brutal dolphin hunts that occur in Taiji, Japan every year, another hunt is about to be thrown into the spotlight. The annual slaughter of pilot whales in the Danish Faroe Islands is the next issue to be tackled by the conservation group Sea Shepherd -- and they're going all out this time.
The annual hunts, which are known as "grinds," will be the focus of "Operation GrindStop 2014." The campaign will publicize the hunt via live streams, much like they did with the dolphin hunts in Taiji. But this effort will get a big boost from some groundbreaking technology: drones.
The drones will be used "primarily for surveillance and documentation," Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson told David Kirby over at TakePart. "They are inexpensive and easy to operate, and they can get us into places we could not otherwise get to."